Anna Beth Gorman for Arkansas Secretary of State
On Monday, February 28, 2022, at the home of Junie and Dennis Young, a celebration was held to honor Anna Beth Gorman officially filing for the Democratic nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State.
Anna Beth Gorman has committed her professional life to public service with a specialized focus on advancing the status of girls and women in our society. For over a decade Anna Beth has worked across the state to champion women’s empowerment. Anna Beth became the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas in April of 2016. Prior to taking on this role, she served as Chief Membership, Volunteer, Program Officer, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
In her tenure with the Women’s Foundation, she is leading the effort for the Foundation to be the leading equity partner in building women’s economic security across the state of Arkansas. The Foundation has seen tremendous growth under her leadership while focusing on two signature initiatives, Girls of Promise and Women Empowered. Girls of Promise focus of work is ensuring that girls in Arkansas are being introduced, nurtured, and supported in pursuing education and career paths in emerging occupations focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The goal of Women Empowered is to strengthen the economic worth and well-being of women in Arkansas, by disrupting the systems designed to prevent women from achieving economic mobility. The foundation continues to launch innovative programs and initiatives, dedicating its philanthropy to securing more economic inclusivity for women and girls across the state.
In 2021 Anna Beth was recognized by Arkansas Business as one of the Top 40 under 40 Leaders in the State of Arkansas. In December of 2019 was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the State Computer Science and Cybersecurity Taskforce. Anna Beth was chosen as one of the 2017 Women to Watch in Little Rock’s Soiree Magazine, and a finalist for Arkansas Business 30th Annual Business of the Year Awards, Nonprofit Executive of the Year. She regularly speaks to civic groups, public, and private organizations on the benefits of strategically including women in the economic development of our overall state. She represents the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas as a member of Arkansas Impact Philanthropy Cohort and a steering committee member of Arkansas Asset Funders Network. She is a member of Club 99, Rotary International, Board Member of Arvest Bank, Founding Board Member of Southern Capital Project, Past President, Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, and President-Elect, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Anna Beth is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Anna Beth began her professional career in public service, working for the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs and then transitioned into the nonprofit arena. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and a Gold Award Recipient.