Deputy Director for Programs and Policy
Atima Omara is a nationally recognized award-winning political strategist, leader, advocate, and speaker who has focused her 16-year career on engaging youth, women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people at the intersection of politics and advocacy in the progressive movement. Atima has led political campaigns, a national youth-focused political organization, worked in government and advocacy non-profits to effect electoral and policy landscape change.
As President of Omara Strategy Group, LLC, Atima provided, training, coaching, and strategic political services to political candidates and organizations that center women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in their advocacy and campaigns. Over a decade, she has worked as campaign manager, field director, finance staff, and other roles on more than nine federal, state, and local political campaigns in many red and battleground states across the country. She has successfully led and organized efforts for voter registration, ballot initiatives, and get-out-the-vote operations in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities. Additionally, Atima has honed her expertise as a leader in numerous progressive movement organizations, projects, including serving as Director of Candidate Engagement for #VOTEPROCHOICE, Vice President of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, President of the Young Democrats of America, an organizer at SEIU, a political organizer for Project Vote, and Special Assistant to the Governor during Mark Warner’s administration in Virginia.
Inspired to get into politics because of reproductive rights and justice, Atima was a college student activist and leader who after graduating started her professional career organizing 125 fellow young people for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives which was the largest women’s march on Washington until 2017. She served on the board of the DC Abortion Fund from 2011-2015 and on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund from 2012-2018, first as its Vice Chair, then Board Chair. She has spoken on panels about reproductive rights and justice at Netroots Nation and In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Annual conferences. She has appeared as a political and social commentator on national and international media outlets, including, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and Fox News; she has been quoted in local and national newspapers and publications, such as the Washington Post, Politico, and Buzz Feed; and she has written extensively on topics of national politics and its intersection with race and gender especially around reproductive rights and justice for The Root, Ebony, Huffington Post, American Prospect, and Talking Points Memo to name a few.
For her work, Atima has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 2013 “Power 100” list, and Jet magazine’s 2013 “40 Under 40 list. She is a recipient of DC’s Women’s Information Network Young Women of Achievement Award in Leadership in 2014 and in 2018 she was most recently awarded “40 under 40 in the DC Metro area” from the Leadership Center for Excellence. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Public Administration with a non-profit management concentration at George Mason University.