I am running because my mother had to choose between a $2500 pill that would save her life and paying for her own housing. No one should have to make that choice.
An MSW in Social Work, I started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) and grew it from a small, start-up lead poisoning prevention organization to a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe, and healthy housing in Omaha. Under my leadership, OHKA has directly served over 4,000 Nebraska families. In the process, I created dozens of jobs at my nonprofit, within the city government, and through partnerships with the small businesses and contractors I worked with. I have been a board member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and has served as an appointed member of the Mayor of Omaha's Fair Housing Advisory Board.
I am seasoned at taking conceptual ideas and turning them into tangible actions. I am an expert at bringing people together around a cause and building consensus. With partners like the city of Omaha, the Kresge Foundation, and Children’s Hospital, I developed programs to improve local communities while also reducing government costs. I also have worked as the director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter; helped start Extra Hands for ALS, a national, student-based volunteer program that proEdited answer:vided assistance to patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease; and was the director of Friendship Shelter, a transitional housing program for homeless adults.
Eastman is a life-long Democrat. In 2018, she won the Democratic Nomination for US Congress and came within 1.9% of unseating the incumbent Republican. In 2014, she overwhelmingly won election to the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, one of the top ten community colleges in the country, and was elected as Vice Chair of the Board. Under her leadership as Vice-Chair, she strengthened non-discrimination policies, developed contractor training programs that created jobs in the community, and she led the initiative to ban tobacco usage on all MCC campuses.
Eastman is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska Second Congressional District in 2020. Eastman and her husband Scott, an associate professor of history at Creighton University, live in Omaha and their daughter, Sabina, has just started college at Kara's alma mater. In her free time, Eastman is on the hunt to find the best chicken wings in Nebraska.