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Young Democrats of America Elect First African-American President

by James Lewis, Young Democrats of America
Special to the AFRO

    Atima Omara-Alwala, first African-American President of the Young Democrats of America. (Courtesy Photo)
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Atima Omara-Alwala, of Arlington, was elected the first African-American of the Young Democrats of America at the bi-annual Convention of the Young Democrats of America.

“I am proud to stand to as the first Black woman and first Virginian to lead the nation’s largest partisan youth organization, the Young Democrats of America,” said Omara-Alwala, who is also the first Virginian elected to the post. “In this organization’s 81-year history, there has never been an African American, but I know my victory today is because of all the activists that have worked for more equality for African Americans and women."

Omara-Alwala, a management and political consultant, ran with a team representing California, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Delaware for the organization’s leadership. The team was elected in a clean sweep under the banner of YDA Progress.

In addition to being the first African American and Virginian, Omara-Alwala and the newly elected executive vice president, the Honorable Erin Carlstrom, of California, represent the organization’s first female-led team.

“As the president of the largest partisan youth organization in America, I am glad to have the support of my fellow progressive activists and leaders,” said Omara-Alwala. “Looking forward, I plan to use this position to empower young leaders to be better political operatives, candidates and activists in their home communities.”

Omara-Alwala previously served as a vice president, Mid-Atlantic region director, and chairwoman of the women’s caucus for the organization. She hails from Chester, Va. She earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MPA from George Mason University.

She lives in Arlington with her husband, Clay.



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