Mrs. Kea Sherman studied civil law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and she received her law degree in 2004 from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Her legal career began defending healthcare and professional negligence claims. In 2009, Kea founded the Sherman Law Firm where she tirelessly fights for the rights of individuals and small business owners.
Kea is a Co-founder of Emerge Louisiana and Les Femmes Political Action Committee. She proudly serves on the board of directors of Emerge Louisiana, Dress for Success New Orleans, Kingsley House and sits on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice.
In 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Kea Sherman to serve on the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Louisiana Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Kea is also a past fellow of the Institute of Politics at Loyola University, New Orleans.
In her spare time, Kea enjoys spending time with her daughter Hayden and husband, Neal Bodenheimer.
With significant experience in political campaigns and government relations, LaTanja Silvester is a veteran activist who has dedicated her career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Louisianans. Silvester is well known for her ability to organize and develop grassroots campaigns with a particular focus on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. She has led campaigns for voting rights, equal pay for women, equitable education and fair wages. She has worked to register voters, ensuring that their voices are heard and increasing her client's chances of success.
As the lead strategist for the “Power Coalition,” Ms. Silvester developed and executed the plan to create a statewide coalition of non-profit and political organizations across Louisiana, synchronizing common political efforts for efficiency and effectiveness. With her leadership, the Coalition helped increase voter turnout in target districts throughout the State of Louisiana.
In addition to her political consulting activities, Ms. Silvester is the President of the 5,000 member Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 21-Louisiana. As President, she has been a constant voice and advocate for the needs of Louisiana’s working families. Under Ms. Silvester's leadership, SEIU of Louisiana successfully implemented the AFL-CIO's GOTV's efforts from 2013 to present.
In the Louisiana Legislature, Ms. Silvester has advanced legislation supporting access to healthcare, living wages and economic empowerment, and she has worked to broaden and deepen opportunities for local and minority owned business across Louisiana.
LaTanja Silvester earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science, and her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. She has received significant campaign management trainings through Wellstone Action, Emerge America, VAN, and Hustle. Ms. Silvester has been President of SEIU from 2013 to present.