LaKimba was raised in Indianapolis by her second-generation college graduate parents, who early on instilled in her the value of education. As a child, she also spent her summers under the guidance of her maternal grandmother, who was an elementary school teacher; and her maternal grandfather, who was a high school principal -- both of whom worked extensively in the public school system.
After attending Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama, she moved to Washington, D.C to serve as the first female Executive Director of National Black Caucus State Legislators, NBCSL. During her tenure, LaKimba was responsible for educating NBCSL members on several policy issues including education. She also focused on advocating for NBCSL members on the same policy issues.
After 10 years serving as Executive Director, LaKimba moved back to Indianapolis with the desire to focus her attention on advocating on a local level. Excited about the new opportunity as Stand’s City Director, her focus will be to help implement education policy, educate, and organize efforts with the Stand Organizing Team to empower parents and community leaders to achieve quality education for all children. As a mother of a young teenage boy, LaKimba’s passion for quality education for all children is personal.