Senator Nikema Williams represents Georgia’s 39th district including the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City and South Fulton. She serves on the influential Tourism and Economic Development, Retirement, State and Local Government Operations, Urban Affairs, Special Judiciary, and MARTOC committee.
Nikema is the current 1st Vice Chair of the Democratic Party Of Georgia (DPG). For over a decade, she has served at every level of the DPG since her start in the Young Democrats Of Georgia, Chair of the 13th Congressional District and Interim Chair of the state Democratic Party. Additionally, Nikema is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee representing the entire south and serves on the Resolutions Committee.
Since moving to Atlanta 15 years ago, Nikema has dedicated herself to advocating for the women and families of Georgia. Professionally, Nikema is the Deputy Political Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Georgia State Director at Care in Action, the advocacy and political arm of NDWA. Using the collective strength found in broad coalitions, Nikema continues to fight daily to give a voice to domestic workers that feel unheard, unseen and underrepresented in the political process.
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.
Nikema was born in Columbus and raised by her grandparents across the Chattahoochee River in Smiths Station, Alabama. They taught her to value hard work, determination, and service to one’s community.
These values led Nikema to Talladega College, a private liberal arts Historically Black College in Talladega, Alabama, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology.
Nikema and her husband, Leslie Small, reside in Atlanta’s Historic Vine City neighborhood with their 3 year old son, Carter, and two rescue Yorkshire Terriers, Ginger and Belle. They are members of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta.