Tamika S. Edwards, JD
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Southwest Power Pool
About me: I am a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, with nearly 25 years of experience in social justice, public policy, nonprofit, government and community outreach. My work has always focused on people, policies and systems where I’ve facilitated equitable practices to achieve equal outcomes. I began my career working for former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. The experience and insight I gained reinforced my passion for public service and provided a solid professional profile. My role enabled me to assist community organizations across the state focused on housing, education, anti-poverty policies, community revitalization and youth development. Ultimately, the experience paved the way for leadership roles with Southern Bancorp Community Partners, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute and Central Arkansas Water.
Lives/Works in: Little Rock
Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Be prepared. A while ago, I agreed to deliver remarks. However, I waited until the last minute to "prepare" something. I didn't have fully formed thoughts, but figured I could wing it. It was horrible. I was embarrassed, and I had to rebuild trust with the person who invited me.
Proudest Moment of Impact: In 2021, when I was recognized as the Woman of the Year in Business from the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. I've long admired and supported the WFA's mission and work. It meant so much to receive the honor.
Call to Action: I wish more people were aware of the far-reaching impact of public policy. Public policies shape behaviors and dictate everyday interactions. It's important that people understand and get involved in the policymaking process.
TOP 100 WOMEN OF IMPACT IN ARKANSAS 2023
A Women's Foundation of Arkansas Initiative