Nomiki (Nomi) Konst was recently a Congressional candidate for Arizona’s second district. Running in the district formerly held by Representative Gabrielle Giffords, at 28-years-old, Konst was vying to be the youngest woman to ever serve in the US House of Representatives.
Currently, Konst is a political strategist and organizational and start-up strategist. She advises on transitioning organizations from industrial models to leaner, more efficient, 21st century models. Konst also consults organizations and companies about bridging the divide between Millennials and Baby Boomers and continues to advise political candidates on media strategy and publicity.
Propelled by family values and a background in public service, Konst’s 2012 campaign for Congress brought light to issues like Government 2.0, Millennials, women’s and veterans’ rights. Konst now speaks regularly on these issues as well as civil discourse, political and media strategy, and pop culture’s influence on politics.
Konst is also the Founder and former Executive Director of Alliance Hollywood, an organization which empowers socially conscious members of the entertainment industry and gives them training and tools to speak civilly about political issues. In 2000, Konst founded Students for Democracy, a high school organization still active today, which helps engage and teach students about the democratic process.
Nomi Konst has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Huffington Post Live and has contributed to The Huffington Post, The Arizona Republic, The Wall Street Journal, PolicyMic, Daily Kos, The Yippie, The Environmentalist, and LA Progressive.
Konst was one of eight at-large members of the Democratic National Committee Council from 2011 to 2013 and served as a National Co-Chair for Generation Forty Four from 2011 to 2012, the young professional arm of President Obama’s Re-Election Campaign. She was also the West Coast Managing Director of Partnerships for the Truman National Security Project and she currently sits on the New Leaders Council and the Just Media Group. Konst was named a Change.org Changemaker of the Year in 2010.
Konst was born in Tucson, Arizona to parents Harry and Kathy. Her father is a lawyer and her mother is an educator and small business owner. Her Greek grandparents settled their family in Tucson in 1962 after immigrating to the United States to escape Communist-controlled Albania. Her parents moved to the suburbs of Buffalo, New York, where her mother Kathy Konst was elected to two terms in the Erie County Legislature before being appointed to be the County’s Commissioner of Environment, Planning, and Economic Development.