Tamika Edwards, J.D.
Special Advisor to the CEO on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement
Tamika S. Edwards, a native of Little Rock, AR, is the Special Advisor to the CEO on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Central Arkansas Water. She works across all departments and in partnership with community organizations to eliminate systemic organizational marginalization and promote inclusive practices for the betterment of the utility, the communities CAW serves, and the water profession overall. This is a unique, groundbreaking position for the public sector in Arkansas and the water industry as a whole.
She has 20 years of experience in public policy and community development. Prior to CAW, Edwards served as the executive director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College, director of governmental affairs at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, director of public policy at Southern Bancorp Community Partners, and community affairs specialist for former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Edwards was recognized by Arkansas Business in its “40 Under 40” class of 2010. In 2017, she was recognized in Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s inaugural edition of The Arkansas 200 as a leader “who influences the way we live, learn and do business in the state.” She was listed in AY Magazine in 2020 as one of their Intriguing Women. In addition to serving in numerous community leadership roles, she is a contributor to Talk Business and Politics.
Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a Master of Arts in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a J.D. from Bowen Law School.