Atima Omara, President & Founder is an award-winning political strategist, advocate, writer and speaker who has spent 16 years engaging youth, women, and people of color in the political process and related progressive causes. As a former campaign staffer, non-profit manager, organizer, and candidate for public office herself, Atima is passionate about enacting electoral and social change through her firm Omara Strategy Group, LLC which works to build progressive political power and enact a more representative democracy by working with candidates from underrepresented communities in politics and organizations that center women, LGBTQ and/or people of color in their work.
Atima has over a decade of campaign experience through working for a Governor and as staff on over 9 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns in Virginia and other battleground states across the country. She has organized successfully in six states with labor unions and community organizations working on the ground on grassroots voter registration, ballot initiatives, and get-out-the-vote operations in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities. Atima’s multi-faceted political experience includes campaign management, field organizing, fundraising, and paid communications for coordinated campaigns and independent expenditures.
Additionally, Atima served as President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest youth partisan membership based organization. As President, Atima not only organized young people in the political process in almost all fifty states but oversaw the re-launching of YDA’s first national lobby day in a decade, created new leadership development programs, achieved membership growth, fundraising success, streamlined operations, and increased work with allied progressive organizations. In 2015, Atima served as the Vice President of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, a research based advocacy reproductive health and rights non-profit organization where she oversaw programming and operations.
Atima is uniquely qualified to support women candidates and women-focused organizations due to her more than 15 years of working for the social and political advancement of women. Besides working for multiple campaigns, she lended her efforts in service to PACs that elect women and trained women advocates for leadership roles such as Emily’s List and Women’s Campaign Fund. She has even run for public office and political party office herself. Atima has traveled the country training candidates to run for office and training activists to organize. She is a national trainer for Vote Run Lead which is the largest and most diverse training for women in politics in the country. Atima is also a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, EMILY’S List, Wellstone Action, and other political leadership programs. In addition, her expertise working on various women’s rights causes is requested for panels, trainings, and in the media.
She has served in board leadership roles of multiple organizations some of which previously included: the Virginia Partisans (now known as the LGBT Democrats of Virginia PAC) and the Women’s Information Network in DC. She currently serves on the board of Emerge Virginia, Virginia’s List PAC, and the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund.
Atima has traveled extensively as 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.
She has been quoted in the Washington Post, American Prospect and other state and local news outlets and her writings on national politics, candidates, race, gender and culture issues have been featured in Salon, Mic, American Prospect, Alternet, The Root, Huffington Post, The Hill, Talking Points Memo, & Ebony Magazine to name a few.
As a former candidate for public office in 2014, Atima ran as the only black candidate in a Democratic primary election for a seat in the Virginia General Assembly. She has translated her experience and extensive knowledge as a candidate and campaign staffer into speaking and training on political participation and leadership and issues important to young people, women, and people of color at places and organizations such as: Tom Tom Fest (Charlottesville), George Mason University, Netroots Nation, Running Start, Women & Politics Institute at American University, National Organization for Women, and National Urban League to name a few.
For her work, Atima has received frequent recognition 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” in 2014.
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.