Democratic Party of Arkansas Chief of Staff Karyn Coleman is making some big steps to empower Black women and Arkansas on the national stage. She’s been named an inaugural fellow for the national Higher Heights Senior Leadership Program. Higher Heights, like the Democratic Party of Arkansas, is committed to a long-term, deliberate effort to expand and support Black women in leadership at all levels.
“I’m so excited to be part of this dynamic team of Black women leaders from across the country. It can be hard to try and come up as a Black woman in politics. But one thing I’ve learned is the power of Black women empowering other Black Women. I am so thankful to get to work with these women during the months ahead and feel especially blessed by those who have helped get me here,” said D.P.A. Chief of Staff Karyn Coleman.
“Arkansas Democrats have been fortunate to have Karyn on staff,” said Chairman Michael John Gray. “Her service to our Party has proven time and time again to be invaluable. Higher Heights is an amazing organization and Karyn is joining a dynamic team. We’re blessed to have her stepping up and emerging as a leader in Arkansas, and as part of this nationally recognized group of leaders.”
Since our founding in 2011, Higher Heights has demanded the world invest in and uplift Black women leaders. In true form, we are answering our own call by elevating our investment through the inaugural cohort of this Fellowship program.
We established this 7 month fellowship program as a way to highlight the expertise of Black women in senior civic leadership, while challenging each participant to serve their professional goals and commit to personal wellness.
As a collective of Black women leaders from all across the country, we are expecting breakthroughs, skill-building and true Black Girl Magic as we coach and build community with these truly dynamic women.
GET TO KNOW OUR FELLOWS
This cohort truly crosses the spectrum. From leaders in STEM to social justice activists. From Pharmacists to Veterans. From entrepreneurs to policy analysts—we’ve curated a group of women that will no doubt bring their expertise and their authentic selves to accomplish the following:
Develop vision planning and goals for their next steps in leadership
Integrate meaningful public policy into outcomes and pushing for them to become apart of organizational and legislative priorities
Managing existing budgets and expand fundraising opportunities
Organize collective efforts and coalition building
Over the next few months, you will have the opportunity to learn more about each of these women through our Fellowship email series and their guest appearances at our events. Make sure you’re following along on Facebook and Twitter and checking our website.
Join us in celebrating these women for stepping into their power.
Karyn Bradford Coleman is a native of Des Arc, AR located in the Arkansas Delta. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Organization Management from Philander Smith College and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Karyn is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Little Rock Alumnae Chapter, where she has served in several local leadership positions. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIII, a member of the Board of Directors for Better Community Development, Inc., a member of the Junior League of Little Rock, and she serves on the City of Little Rock’s Community Housing Advisory Board and as a Land Bank Commissioner. She and her husband Kenyen are small business owners in Little Rock, AR and are the proud parents of one son, Kendill and two dogs, Grace and Mercy.