Atima Omara is a seasoned political strategist and advocate working in politics and the progressive movement. She is the founder and President of Omara Strategy Group, consulting firm focusing that brings strategic guidance to electoral candidates, campaigns, and organizations that center women and people of color to effect progressive change and build political power for underrepresented communities. Atima has over a decade of experience working for a Virginia Governor and as staff on over nine federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns in Virginia and other battleground states across the country. As a former campaign staffer, non-profit manager and candidate for public office, Atima has organized in both politics and progressive organizations dedicated to engaging youth, women, and people of color in the political process and related progressive causes. Recently, Atima served as President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest youth partisan membership based organization. She was the first African American and fifth woman to serve as President in its 86 year history where under her leadership she increased membership and fundraising for the national organization. In 2016, she was elected at a statewide convention to serve as a a Member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from Virginia. And in 2017, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus. Atima’s work has won her frequent recognition including being listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 in 2013, and Jet Magazine’s “40 under 40”. She is a sought after speaker on national politics, millennial vote and activism, women’s health & rights, appearing multiple number of times as a political commentator on national and international news outlets including: MSNBC, CNN, PBS, Fox News, Sirius XM, and NPR. Her writings and commentaries on gender, race, culture and politics have appeared in Washington Post, Salon, Mic, Huffington Post, The Root, Ebony, and American Prospect and other state and local news outlets. Atima currently serves on the board of directors of Emerge Virginia, the Virginia’s List PAC, and Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund and is involved in many other organizations in her state and community. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management at George Mason University. She lives with her husband in Virginia.