Political Strategist and Thought Leader Kenya T. Parham epitomizes the modern-day renaissance woman, delivering a fierce combination of government affairs, advocacy and fundraising expertise complimented by a savvy political perspective that uniquely sits in the sweet spot of pop culture and entertainment. Described by The Huffington Post as “an emerging millennial leader to watch,” the political powerhouse has flexed her talent by raising over 15 million in funds, and registering an 87% win rate with initiatives and electoral campaigns leading local, state, and national candidates, elected officials, PACS, and non-profits. Adding to this repertoire, in 2015 she launched Parlay: An Urban Think Tank on Civic Engagement, a conversation that brings together dynamic influencers across industries for a curated discussion on leveraging Black capital and social influence. Parham’s distinctive approach to developing revolutionary platforms like this, along with effective impact strategies and coaching her clients in cultivating purposeful donor relationships sets her apart as a Millennial actively working to advance the interests of youth, minorities and women from coast to coast.
As one of few young, African American women dominating the political consultancy and commentating landscape, Parham’s fresh perspective and dynamic offerings are not all too common. More than 60 initiatives, like the African American Civic Engagement Project (AACEP), the unanimously passed Raise the Wage campaign for the city of Los Angeles, the National Vote It Loud campaign, and the year- long dialogue on the future of policing through The Institute for Nonviolence have all tapped her expertise to leverage financial, social and political capital - in addition to numerous elected officials including Congresswoman Karen Bass, California State Assembly member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. In 2015 Parham was also appointed by Senator Holly J. Mitchell of the 30th District to serve as a Delegate to California’s State Democratic Central Committee (SDCC) through 2017. Further diversifying her background, Parham has taken on special projects such as covert civic engagement training in Ferguson, MO for community organizers, elected officials and future candidates following the 2014 social unrest in that region. Such vast experience has ultimately allowed Parham to be equally comfortable navigating the terrain of high-end strategy and political fundraisers as well as grassroots civic and community engagement.
From Parham’s roots as a student organizer, she has dedicated her life's work to empowering underserved and underrepresented communities nationwide through donor activism and civic engagement. Acknowledged as an Emerging Leader Ambassador of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture along with her completed tenure as National Vice Chair of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America, and membership in the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), Parham prominently shares her passion and perspective through a number of socio-political channels and has proudly served on several local, statewide and national boards. An often outspoken proponent on topics ranging from policy advocacy and new age currency to women's empowerment and the body positive movement, her writings have been published in various academic journals and online publications including The Huffington Post, Global Grind, FWD Nation, and The Psychology of Blacks: IV Edition, and her political commentary has been shared by local and national media outlets like NPR, Voice of America, PBS, SiriusXM, EURWeb, Las Vegas Black Image Magazine and NickiiJean Magazine. At the start of 2016, Parham was also honored as one of The Empowerment Congresses “40 under 40” change-makers to watch.
The daughter of internationally renowned educators, Psychologist Dr. Thomas A. Parham and Davida Hopkins-Parham, Kenya T. Parham was born and raised in Orange County, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Campaign Strategy & Messaging
Vote it Loud - National Civic Engagement Initiative (2015)
African American Civic Engagement Project - CA
Raise The Wage - Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Citizens for Revitalizing the City of Champions - Inglewood, CA (2015)
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Karen Bass for Congress (2013)
Barack Obama for President (2012)
Tony Mendoza for Senate - CA (2012)
The Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles
100 Black Men of Orange County - Irvine, CA
Registering an 87% win rate with initiatives and electoral campaigns leading local, state, and national candidates, elected officials, PACS, and non-profits.
More than 60 initiatives have tapped her expertise to leverage financial, social and political capital in addition to numerous elected officials.