LaTisha Brunson has announced her intent to seek the 1st Ward seat after Alderwoman Joni Alexander decided not to seek re-election. Brunson, a Senior Human Resources professional, has called the first ward home for approximately 25 years. She relocated back to her hometown in 2018 to take a position at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (“UAPB”).
A 1998 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2002. She also holds graduate degrees in both Human Resources Management and Operations Management from Webster University and the University of Arkansas, respectively.
Currently, she serves as the Interim Director of Human Resources at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she manages the daily operations of the Human Resources office while leading the campus in the areas of people, change and policy.
Prior to returning home, she spent over a decade in various human resources leadership roles for Walmart Inc. and Cargill Meat Solutions.
Brunson believes her managerial experience coupled with her love for the city makes her the ideal candidate to serve the citizens of the 1st ward.
Brunson commented: “I was born and reared in the 1st Ward. After witnessing the progress being made in the city, I made an intentional decision to return home, open a small business and offer my service and experience to help make Pine Bluff a better place to live and raise children. The 1st ward needs a proven leader with the ability to help guide the city forward. My commitment to the citizens of the 1st ward is to listen to their concerns, support legislation that progress the city and serve as a consensus builder among my fellow colleagues.”
She continues to serve her community as a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a graduate of Leadership Springdale. While there are many areas which require attention.
Her immediate focus points, if elected will be centered on: Working closely with community partners to increase the number of, support and maintain small businesses; support a systematic and strategic approach to neighborhood engagement and; encourage the development of inclusive youth programming and education, specifically, for children with special needs
Brunson is the daughter of the late Larry and Gloria Brunson. She is a proud parent to Miles and Hayden