My name is Arlene Easley and I am running for Alabama House of Representatives. I am a lifelong Alabamian, and I love my state, and the people who live here. I was born in Mobile, in 1963, where I was raised. I attended public schools and grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. I am a graduate of Murphy High School and I received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Computer & Information Systems Science from SD Bishop State Community College. I went on to receive a BS in Organizational Management from The University of Mobile and later an MBA from The University of Phoenix.
I am the mother of four daughters, and I have always felt strongly that it is important to give back to the community in which I live. I also believe that every person’s voice should be heard, and am eager to bring this commitment, as well as my years of business experience, to the State House.
I have over 20 years of budget and financial management experience, and over five years of project management experience. I began my career in civil service, and then owned and operated a small business with my husband, who is a Firefighter. I currently work for a large government contractor that builds ships for the US Navy and US Coast Guard. I work as a Small Business Innovation Research Program Manager within the area of Research & Development. I focus on reducing costs, improving worker safety, and talking with employees to understand their needs and getting input on what will help them do their jobs better. Working as a liaison, I talk with small businesses and universities about their technologies and how it might translate in a manufacturing environment. I also help to identify where more technology is needed, and work to help implement and transition that technology or process. This includes market research to identify ways to use existing technology in a way that it may not have been previously used.
I am an out-of-the box thinker, and have had success leading cross functional teams, capturing funds, bringing teams together for common purposes, problem solving, negotiating, planning, resolving conflict, and identifying different ways to use technology. I have learned through my years of experience that communicating clearly–mainly through active and effective listening–is the cornerstone to building successful collaborative relationships. I know this will hold true for working in the government.
In addition to working, and being a wife and mother, I have served in many volunteer organizations. I have been a member of the Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee, and have volunteered in numerous local and statewide progressive organizations. I have volunteered in local schools as part of the PTA board, rolling reader (reading in the classrooms), and classroom mom. I’ve volunteered for Best Robotics, Habitat for Humanity, and I have served as an advocate for American heart association. I’ve also served as my church’s choir director.
In my work life, I’ve also volunteered as a board member in employee resource groups, helping to encourage diversity and inclusion. I served as president of our Women’s ERG, focusing on providing leadership and professional growth and networking opportunities to all women in the company. I’ve served on the board of the Society of Women Engineers, reaching out to the community to encourage more girls and young women to consider careers in STEM fields.