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

Little Rock has declared April 4th, Timothy Campbell Day!⁠ Tim’s (NLC Arkansas ‘23) life story is featured in a PBS Documentary “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” ⁠Tim Campbell, a former all-state athlete, attended the historic Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. While struggle and hardship still exist, Tim reveals the truth: Wolfe Street is a place of incredible beauty and extraordinary people.⁠

– Tim Campbell (He/Him)
2023 NLC Arkansas Fellow

On January 1, 2023, Zach began his two-year term on the quorum court for District 1 in Arkansas. Like many races, this was one where every voted mattered. Zach secured his seat with 5 votes, reminding us all that civic engagement is imperative to create change! Zach also continues to teach his American National Government at Arkansas State University Three Rivers.

– Zach Bledsoe (He/Him)
2020 NLC Arkansas Fellow

On Sat., February 25, Bernard made his professional boxing debut at The Night of Devastation event in North Little Rock. After winning against his opponent in the 2nd round with a TKO, Bernard posted, “What winning feels like! 1 am so beside myself! Game opponent! But he HAD TO GO! 1-0! 2nd round TKO!” What a “knock-out” of an alum!

– Bernard Oliver
2021 NLC Arkansas Fellow

Adena is included in the 2023 class of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40. She is being recognized as one of the state’s rising leaders and people you need to know when doing business in Arkansas. Adena is with Excel by Eight and will be honored at a luncheon June 13th at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Forty Under 40 honorees are nominated by readers and chosen by the editors of Arkansas Business.

– Adena White
2023 NLC Arkansas Fellow

Shandrea Murphy-Washington is a writer, community organizer, consultant and Arkansas native currently residing in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since 2014, Shandrea’s education and career has centered around creating culturally responsive, healing spaces for Black youth and families in Central Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology alongside a Certification in Nonprofit Management at U of A Little Rock. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. She currently serves as the Co-Founder of Sankofa Community Strategists, a consulting agency that works to advance racial equity in the State of Arkansas.

2023 NLC Arkansas Fellow

NLC Arkansas Alumni


Adena White
Dara Gaines
Derrick Rainey
Emmily Leavy
Frank D. Dorsey, II
Ieshia Thomas
Irasema Blake
Jessica Elliott
Katherine Tipton
Katrina Dupins
Michael Ankton
Michelle Pedro
Rashad Roberts
Shandrea Murphy-Washington
Tenille Hunter
Tim Campbell
Tobechukwu Nwanze


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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