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 helped me start my business by providing me with in-depth knowledge in business management, resources, and the group’s support. NLC also taught me how to be a more efficient and effective leader.

– Kedrick Jones (he/him)
2020 NLC Arkansas Fellow

2021 Fellows

Bernard Oliver

Owner, NerdAthlete Multimedia LLC.

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Dionne Mitchell

English Teacher, Little Rock School District

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Drew Spurgers

Owner, Kanga Studio

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Eric Walden

Assistant Chief of Staff, Sixth Division Circuit Court

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Esthella Kamara

Learning Content Designer, Walmart Inc

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Gheremey Edwards

Retail Marketer, Walmart Inc.

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Jerome Wilson, Jr.

Candidate for JD, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

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Karein Hooks

Litigation Assistant, Anderson Murphy & Hopkins

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Karen Ricketts

Freelance photographer/journalist

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Lauren Watkins

Finance and Special Events Coordinator, Democratic Party of Arkansas

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Lindsey Lauritzen

SET for Success Transition Instructor/Career Counselor, Easterseals Arkansas

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Marcina Langrine

Program Coordinator, Marshallese Educational Initiative

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R. Roosevelte Williams III

Assistant to the VP / Alumni Relations Officer, Philander Smith College

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Rodney Govens

Manager, Technical Operations, Swyft Connect

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Rosa Velázquez

Advocacy Director, Arkansas United

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Sara Swisher

Project Coordinator at EAST Initiative, EAST Initiative

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Seth Bradley

Prosecuting Attorney, Arkansas

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Tracey Bradley-Simmons

Nursery Alliance Coordinator, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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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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