Arkansas Chapter

We are here because we believe in a better future and a better Arkansas.

The mission of NLC Arkansas is to train, equip and establish an inclusive and equitable community of diverse leaders from all parts of Arkansas and to advocate for statewide change. We believe that we need to invest in the leaders of tomorrow in Arkansas; not just future candidates and politicos, but educators, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and philanthropic advocates.


Years since NLC Arkansas was founded


Fellows trained since the chapter was founded.


Annual applicants to the NLC Arkansas Institute

NLC Arkansas has been the catapult for my career. The leadership development & guidance I received, plus the community and network NLC created with the fellows has been instrumental in my growth as an executive. NLC has been transformational for me.

– Rosa Velázquez (Ella/She)
2021 NLC Arkansas Fellow



Allen Thomas
Chimfumnanya Smith
Christopher Ogburn
Jenna Greer
JiQuintas Brown
Kimberly Glover
Nyeshia Aldridge
Olivia Onyilagha
Omar Gallardo
Shakia Jackson
Staci Croom-Raley
Toni Cook
Victor Patterson
Zachary Crow


Bernard Oliver
Dionne Mitchell
Drew Spurgers
Eric Walden
Esthella Kamara
Gheremey Edwards
Jerome Wilson, Jr.
Karein Hooks
Karen Ricketts
Lauren Watkins
Lindsey Lauritzen
Marcina Langrine
R. Roosevelte Williams III
Rodney Govens
Rosa Velázquez
Sara Swisher
Seth Bradley
Tracey Bradley-Simmons


Ambar Mendez

Bobby Forrest Jr.

Brandon Claybrook

Dominique Lane

Jackson Hignite

Jerricka Handley

Kanesha’shay Adams

Karen Zuccardi

Kaylyn Hager

Kedrick Jones

KenDrell Collins

Kyaira Brown

Leon Jones

Sydney Rasch

Zach Bledsoe

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