Committees: Professional Staff Certification; Polices, Rules and Regulation; Public and Private Sector Liaison
Born on the island of Antigua, Arah Challenger-Lockhart migrated to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in 1973 immediately following completion of her high school education. With a goal set on pursuing post-secondary education, she enrolled in classes at the College of the Virgin Islands (now UVI) and received an Associate of Arts Degree in Secretarial Sciences & Business Administration.
Following a brief employment stint, Arah decided it was time to further her education; and, in 1980, she relocated to New York State where she enrolled at Pace University on a part-time basis, while working in various capacities in the private sector. In 1982 Arah received her undergraduate degree (BPS) in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and subsequently completed graduate school in 1987, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration
(MPA). During this five-year period, while attending classes, she also worked with the VI New York-based Tourism Office and was assigned to the IDC Office as a sales representative with responsibility for the promotion of the territory’s Industrial Development Tax Incentive Program.
Arah returned “home” to the US Virgin Islands in 1987, continuing her employment with the Department of Commerce and was assigned to the Office of Business Administration. That same year, she applied for and was selected for employment with the VI Department of Labor, as a senior program analyst. This opportunity led to several others, including manager - Planning, Research & Monitoring; assistant & acting director, Division of Job Services; and, acting assistant commissioner.
In 2007, Arah was offered and accepted the position of Assistant Commissioner of Employment & Training with the de Jongh-Francis Administration. In addition to this responsibility, she serves as a member of the Workforce Investment Board, the UVI CELL Advisory Board; and is chairperson of Work-Able, Inc.’s Board of Directors.
Arah is divorced and is a committed mother to her three children: Anwar, Aliah and Amoi. Her greatest satisfaction is realized when assisting the disadvantaged and in recognizing the successes of those individuals who are beneficiaries of her efforts. When not engaged in work and other community –related activities, she enjoys the excitement of political involvement and socializing with her “close” circle of friends. Arah believes that the greatest contribution one can make to one’s community and society is that of being a “true” public servant.