Tranice L. Watts (she/her) is co-founder of Lifting Lucy, an organization dedicated to supporting women of color in professional development and networking opportunities. Tranice is a member of both the Brewers Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Subcommittee and the Craft Brewers Conference Seminar Subcommittee. In 2020, she was appointed as a co-chair for Charles County, Maryland’s Economic Development Business Outreach Committee. Additionally, Tranice is a 2022 recipient of the Baltimore Smart Business Dealmakers of the Year Award for Community Engagement.
Tranice is the first Black woman to co-own and operate a craft brewery in the state of Maryland. Her former brewery, Patuxent Brewing Company, was also the first craft brewery within the state of Maryland and Charles County. Tranice’s prior history includes a decade as special assistant to Nobel Laureate and scientist Dr. Robert W. Corell.