I am the Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Durham, a long-time community organizer and activist, and a mother of two. I was elected in 2015 on a platform of racial, economic, and environmental justice, police accountability, equitable development, broadening democracy, and centering the voices of those who are most impacted by the issues facing our city. In 2017, I was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tempore by my council colleagues. In 2019, I was elected to a second term on the Durham City Council.
Originally from Virginia, I moved to Durham in 1999 to attend Duke University and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in public policy and a minor in women’s studies. I have been working in the non-profit sector since 2004 with experience in administration, community organizing, mobilization, communications, social media, and information technology.
I am a co-founder of Durham for All, an organization working to build a multi-racial, cross-class, political vehicle in Durham. I’m also on the national board of Local Progress, a network of progressive local elected officials, and co-chair our state chapter. I am active in the labor movement and was one of nearly 1,000 people arrested in 2013 as part of North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement.
The City Boards and Commissions that I serve on include Joint City/County Planning Committee, Museum of Life and Science, Audit Services, Council Procedures, Durham Housing Authority, Durham Leadership Committee, Durham Youth Commission, Mayor’s Council for Women, Joint City/County, Cultural Affairs Board, Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee, and Race Equity Task Force.
I am also a board game designer working on my first project, a cooperative game that imagines the development of a future communitarian society in Appalachia after over 100 years of climate change. I live in Durham’s West End neighborhood with my partner and two kids.