Karama Neal, serves as the Strategic Project Director at Asset Funders Network (AFN), focusing on heirs’ property.

Before AFN, Karama served the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, as Administrator of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. She served as president of Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), a nonprofit community development loan fund and financial development organization.

Inspired by her family’s ownership of rural heirs’ property in Arkansas, Karama started a statewide grassroots organization promoting the successful passage of the Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act in Arkansas. Karama founded the Heirs’ Property Information Project and has written many book chapters and articles about heirs’ property.

Karama holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Swarthmore College, master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago, and doctorate in genetics from Emory University. She also completed executive education in impact investing at the University of Oxford Said School of Business. She currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Contact: karama@assetfunders.org
Pronouns: she/her/hers