Atima is the President & Founder of Omara Strategy Group, LLC, a consulting firm that works with political candidates and organizations in across the country with the goal of building political power for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ through winning political campaigns and strengthening their advocacy organizations.
Atima is an award winning political strategist, advocate, and speaker who served as a special assistant to Senator Mark Warner when he was Virginia’s Governor to serving as staff on over 9 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns across the country. She has organized with labor unions and community organizations on grassroots voter registration, ballot initiatives, and get-out-the-vote operations in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities. In 2013, Atima was nationally elected to serve as President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) from 2013-2015. As the first African American, and fifth woman to be YDA President in its 86 year history where she organized young people in the political process in almost all fifty states, oversaw the re-launching of YDA’s first national lobby day in a decade, created new leadership development programs, increased membership, streamlined operations, and increased work with allied organizations.
Along with campaigns, Atima has a decade of expertise in women’s health and rights and how it intersects with politics having worked for many organizations. Atima has served as a Democratic National Commitee (DNC) member from Virginia and was elected Vice Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus in 2017. She serves on the board of Emerge Virginia which trains Democratic women to run for office and Virginia’s List which financially supports pro choice Democratic women running for office. She recently ended her six year tenure on the board of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund as its Board Chair. And professionally she’s interned for Emily’s List, worked for Women’s Campaign Fund and in 2015 served as Vice President of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, a research based advocacy reproductive health and rights non-profit organization.
Atima is a regular commentator on gender and race equity in politics and policy and her writings on the topic have been featured in a variety of places including Huffington Post, Salon, and American Prospect. She has frequently contributed to CNN, MSNBC, PBS on the latest political news. She has been recognized for her public service, landing on Ebony Magazine’s 2013 “Power 100”; Jet magazine’s 2013 “40 Under 40; and received the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women “Women of Vision” in Government Award and DC’s Women’s Information Network “Young Women of Achievement” in Leadership. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in 2003 and her Masters in Public Administration with a non-profit management concentration at George Mason University in 2012. She lives in the DC Metro area with her husband.