With a passion for effective advocacy and a deep understanding of the intricate workings of government, Kea Sherman is a dedicated advocate for the firm’s government relations clients. Drawing upon her years of experience and comprehensive knowledge of policy and legislation, Kea works tirelessly to shape meaningful change for clients in a rapidly evolving political landscape, including issues related to our nation’s ports, waterways, maritime interests, infrastructure, and the transition to clean energy.
As a skilled communicator and strategist, Kea excels in building strong relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers, ensuring her clients' voices are heard at every level of government. Her ability to navigate complex regulatory environments and craft compelling narratives has resulted in successful outcomes for the natural resources and energy industries.
Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Kea honed her expertise through roles in public affairs and government relations, including running for the Louisiana Legislature in 2019 and founding two statewide political organizations, Emerge Louisiana, and Les Femmes PAC, both dedicated to advancing female representation in Louisiana government. These experiences, combined with nearly two decades serving as general counsel to companies in Louisiana and as a civil litigation attorney, have helped solidify her reputation as a trusted advocate and advisor.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Kea remains actively engaged in community initiatives and policy discussions, including serving on nonprofit and government appointed boards and commissions. Passionate about increasing access to early childhood education, Kea proudly serves on the Executive Committee of the Clover (formerly Kingsley House) Board of Directors and as the organization’s President-elect. After being appointed by the New Orleans City Council to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Kea was elected by her fellow commissioners to serve as Vice President. In 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Kea to serve as a Commissioner on the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission.
Kea resides in New Orleans with her husband, Neal Bodenheimer, their daughter, Hayden, and their puppy Wolfe, where she enjoys interior design, cooking, tennis, and hosting dinner parties for family and friends.