Kara Hollingsworth

Deputy Director of Programs

Kara Hollingsworth is the Deputy Director of Programs of Forward Together. In her role,  Kara works in partnership with the Executive Director, Deputy Director of Growth  and Senior Directors to support program strategy, development and coordination.  In addition, she works to ensure effective organization-wide planning, decision-making and  staff development.

Kara brings 15 years of senior campaign leadership, program development, training and facilitation experience to the team, most recently serving as the founding Executive Director for LEAD NC. Over her career, she has managed highly contested campaigns, served as a Congressional liaison, and advised progressive candidates and organizations on strategy for effective advocacy and wining campaigns. Born and raised in Washington D.C., her mother was an activist and public school teacher for 37 years, while her father spent over three decades as a mentor and nonprofit leader working to create pathways to college for DC youth. They instilled in her a belief that the political process belongs to all of us. Their example drives her desire to build power alongside leaders who don’t just speak for, but come out of and look like, the communities they serve. When she is not at work, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband, their two incredible teenagers and working on her LEGO city at home in North Carolina.