Darlene Goldi Gaines is running for Commissioner of State Lands to heal the land.

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Darlene “Goldi” Gaines

Running to Heal the Lands

Born in Arkansas and raised in North Little Rock, Goldi learned at a young age the importance of serving others. Her father, an artist and 42-year retiree of parks and recreations; mother, a nurse, was active in the community and church.

She loves working with the community in establishing community gardens which are paired with a love for teaching. She chairs a non-profit that focuses on environmental sustainability and community unity.

Goldi grew up in a family that believes in servant leadership; she actively volunteers in the community and her church. Naturing a strong connection to our lands and communities that she values even today. After graduating from North Little Rock High she went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Pulaski Technical College and her graduate degree from the University of Phoenix.

Goldi dedicated 23 years in various positions at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA). She served Arkansas veterans and their eligible dependents, under the Chief of Staff, while having the responsibility of educating them on health care, benefits, and burial. Goldi has created retention-based workflow processes that promote accountability; increasing the quality of care for the veterans.

Goldi resigned in Oct 2021 to run for Commissioner of State Lands in hopes of serving our beloved Arkansans in a greater capacity. She seeks the office of Land Commissioner to focus on supporting the education of our youth, innovation of commercial development on state lands, and having accountability to Arkansans with the vital information from the Office of State Lands. She will be keeping an eye toward stewardship and preserving our beloved Arkansas lands while ensuring they are healthy and productive for today and future generations.


Darlene Gaines is a graduate of North Little Rock High class of 1994, home of the Charging WildCats. Darlene received her Associate of Arts from Pulaski Technical College in 2004. In 2010, Darlene graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Darlene is a 2011 graduate of the Department of Veterans Affairs STEP (Success through Employee Preparation) program. Darlene Gaines is a 2014 graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Science in Business Administration.

  • Labor Education Program University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Steward Training

  • 2008-First African Orthodox Episcopal Temple Certificate of Completion of Spiritual-social Evangelistic Counseling Course

  • 2010- AFGE Certificate of Completion in Retirement (CSRS & FERS)

  • 2010- Certificate of Covenant & Commitment AMEC Christian Social Concerns Committee


  1. Excellent Collaboration Skills

  2. Clear and concise communication skills

  3. Spiritually Grounded

  4. Leadership

  5. Complex Problem Solving Skills


Decrease poverty, hunger, and disease rates which will heal the land and increase the quality of life for all Arkansans by collaborating with natural resource agencies.