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Shelby Knox
Shelby Knox • 2 years ago

Atima Omara-Alwala is a political strategist who has staffed 7 political campaigns & other progressive causes with a focus on women’s rights & political empowerment. Atima has served as a state officer of the VA Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) & Co-Chair of National NOW's Young Feminist Task Force. Currently, she is National Vice President of the Young Democrats of America & serves on the boards of the DC Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action Fund.

  • Sarah
    Sarah • 2 years ago

    We're so lucky to have Atima as a member of the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women!

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