Atima Omara is an award winning leader in politics and the progressive movement. With over a decade of experience working in politics and progressive non-profits engaging youth, women, and people of color in the political process and related progressive causes, Atima writes and speaks about national politics, candidates, and policy and culture issues including the Millennial vote and activism, feminism, women in politics, reproductive rights & justice, domestic violence, and race & gender inequality.
An experienced political strategist, Atima is President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of America, Democratic National Commitee (DNC) member from Virginia, and Chair of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund Board of Directors. She has worked for a Governor and as staff on over 8 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns in Virginia and across the country. Her multi-faceted political experience includes campaign management, field organizing, fundraising, and paid communications for coordinated campaigns and independent expenditures. Additionally, Atima has significant non-profit experience. She recently served as Vice President for the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and has done cross-movement work with other women's rights organizations, labor unions, youth- and civil-rights organizations with a focus on political advocacy and engagement..
Atima was the first African American and fifth woman President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA), in YDA’s 83 year history. She served as President from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest partisan youth organization. As President, Atima not only worked to engage young people in the political process in all fifty states but marked her tenure with membership growth, streamlined operations, and increased work with allied progressive organizations. Atima has traveled across the US and to Canada to speak on Democratic politics, Millenial vote and activism and women's rights. Atima has also appeared a number of times as a political commentator on Fox News Channel (FNC) and Fox Business (FBN), particularly the shows: Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends First, America’s News Headquarters, The Strategy Room, FBN's Risk & Reward, PBS' To The Contrary, BBC, NPR, CNN, & CSPAN. Atima been quoted in the Washington Post, American Prospect as well many other state and local news outlets
Atima is also a former candidate for public office. In July of 2014, she ran in a 7 way contested Democratic primary special for a seat in House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly. Though she ultimately lost the election her experience as a young female candidate of color as well as her leadership in the Young Democrats of America and other women’s organizations, has given Atima a wealth of knowledge about the unique experiences of women, people of color, and youth in politics. She has translated this into speaking and training on political participation and leadership for women and people of color: the Women & Politics Institute at American University, Netroots Nation, the National Organization for Women, the Junior League, the National Urban League, and the University of Virginia.
Atima is an active member of local, state, and national women’s political organizations. She serves on the board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund; the board of directors of Emerge Virginia, which identifies, trains and encourages Democratic women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office and is a co-founder and board member of Women Leaders of Virginia, a PAC that aims to endorse and help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office in Virginia. Atima previously served on the board of directors of the DC Abortion Fund and LGBT Virginia Democrats PAC. She has also served in the leadership of the National Organization for Women, the DC’s Women’s Information Network, a professional pro-choice Democratic network for women, and as an appointee to the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women.
For her work, Atima has received numerous awards and recognitions including being listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s 2013 “Power 100”, and Jet Magazine’s 2013 “40 under 40”. Atima was also featured in Essence Magazine in their November 2013 list of “Ten Things We’re Talking About”. She was awarded the Young Women of Achievement Award in Leadership from the DC’s Women’s Information Network and the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women’s “Women of Vision Award in Government”. She was the Virginia Young Democrats’ Female of the Year in 2004.
She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.
You can follow Atima on Twitter @atima_omara