Senator Nikema Williams is the Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Over the past decade, she has served in numerous leadership roles within the Democratic Party including serving as a member of the Democratic National Committee, Chair of the 13th Congressional District and 1st Vice Chair of the Fulton County Democratic Party. Nikema represented Georgia as a delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Convention.
On December 5th, 2017, Nikema was elected to the Georgia State Senate to represent the 39th District, which includes the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City, and South Fulton.
Nikema got her start in Georgia politics with the Young Democrats. She served as the National Committee Woman for the Young Democrats of Georgia as well as the Deputy Director of the Southeast Region for the Young Democrats of America. In recognition of her work to engage more young people in Democratic politics, she was named Georgia Young Democrat of the Year in 2009 and received the 2009 Future is Now Young Leader award from the Young Democrats of Atlanta. Nikema also served on the Board of Governors for Red Clay Democrats.
Nikema has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. She is a graduate of Lead Atlanta, New Leaders Council and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.
In 2011, Nikema was appointed to the Advisory Board of SCLC W.O.M.E.N. Inc, by founder, Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery. SCLC Women, INC is a civil rights group dedicated to offering intergenerational programs designed to empower women, girls, and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self-sufficiency, reduction of health disparities, and leadership to build strong families and communities.
Nikema is passionate about protecting women’s rights and accessible health care in Georgia and served professionally as the Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. Nikema served as the primary contact with key community leaders, coalition partners and elected officials building a long term public policy, legislative, and community engagement program for reproductive healthcare throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. She also served as the Vice President of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates, the affiliated political arm of Planned Parenthood Southeast. Nikema is currently the Deputy Political Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Georgia State Director at Care in Action, the advocacy and political arm of NDWA.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Nikema was raised nearby in Smiths, Alabama. She attended Talladega College, a private liberal arts HBCU in Talladega, Alabama and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is married to Mr. Leslie Small, and they reside in Historic Westside Village in Atlanta with their son Carter, and their two rescue Yorkshire Terriers, Ginger and Belle. Nikema, Leslie, and Carter are members of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta.