One Omaha welcomes Kimara Z. Snipes as the organization’s new executive director. With a proven track record of community engagement and a passion for empowering neighborhoods, she brings a wealth of experience to our small-but-mighty team.
A native of Omaha, Kimara comes to One Omaha after serving as a senior director with the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, where she was responsible for statewide organizing planning and programming, as well as DEI programs and policy design.
“There were several reasons I wanted to work for One Omaha,” she says. “The first is my love for neighborhoods and my desire to improve neighborhoods through communication, collaboration, and empowerment. I know cities thrive when neighborhoods thrive, regardless of their zip code.”
Kimara is no stranger to the power of community and its ability to shape and transform neighborhoods. She has organized in East Omaha communities since she was a teenager and has continued that work through her involvement with East Omaha neighborhood associations. She serves as the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance (SONA) president, whose leadership successfully navigated COVID while bringing timely information from elected officials, the Douglas County Board of Health, and the Omaha Public School District to thousands of people in the Omaha community.
“I have always had a relationship with One Omaha,” Kimara says. “I was involved in neighborhood associations when One Omaha was created. I am a product of One Omaha programming, and I’m excited to bring my understanding of and passion for the organization’s mission into the leadership of this truly great organization.”
Kimara holds a nonprofit administration certification from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a diversity and inclusion certification from Cornell. In 2016, she was the proud recipient of the One Omaha Emerging Leader award.
She is the president of P4 Innovative Solutions, LLC, focusing on stakeholder engagement and insight gathering, DEI policy and program design, and more. She enjoys motorcycles, reading, spending time with her 23-year-old son, Kemari, and traveling – where she is sure to visit a library on the trip!
“We are incredibly excited to have Kimara leading One Omaha as we enter into this new chapter for the organization,” says Jay Kline, One Omaha’s board president. “Kimara’s experience working with One Omaha as a community partner and her enormous passion for Omaha’s neighborhoods makes her an ideal match.”