Hi, I’m Terry. I’m a poet, community organizer, and social democrat born and raised in Southwest Berkeley. I serve as the Vice-Chair of Berkeley's Transportation Commission and a California Assembly District 15 associate member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee. I've previously served the City of Berkeley on the Grants Committee of the Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission and the Grants Committee of the Civic Arts Commission. Once upon a time, I was a legislative intern in the office of Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington.  

As an openly gay, working-class Black man raised in West Berkeley by a single mother, I am no stranger to hardship and discrimination. Fortunately, I have been able to grow up in a city that champions justice and social change. My great-grandfather was a Texan farmer who fled racial violence in the South, my grandfather was a Navy vet, and my grandmother is a retired nurse. My father is a retired accountant who served BUSD and the City of Richmond. My mother is a retired in-home elder care provider, and I now provide care for her. My husband is a psychiatric nurse, and my sister is an IHSS care provider. I was raised by and for social justice—and what a journey it’s been!

 

My Record

I fight for racial equity, mobility justice, and environmental justice. Berkeley's highest injury streets, the streets most dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists of color are in South and West Berkeley. As a pedestrian, bike, and transit activist, I have dedicated my life to advocating for transit workers and riders, cyclists, pedestrians, and folks with diverse mobility and accessibility needs.

I worked for racial justice and social equity advocating for services benefiting black and brown families, resources for persons with disabilities, recreation for folks of all ages, early childhood education, childcare for working families, and STEM education for Middle and High schoolers in Berkeley schools.

I helped get an increase in Civic Arts Grants, worked with the City to update its Arts and Culture plan with a focus on racial and gender justice and social equity, and fought to increase funding for artists, arts orgs, and programs that amplify the voices people of color, women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks, folks with diverse abilities, and working artists.

I helped get an increase in Civic Arts Grants, worked with the City to update its Arts and Culture plan with a focus on racial and gender justice and social equity, and fought to increase funding for artists, arts orgs, and programs that amplify the voices people of color, women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks, folks with diverse abilities, and working artists.

I cultivated the capacity to listen, communicate, and build coalitions with diverse communities across demographics and intersections of identity.


I am an active member of the Berkeley NAACP, Walk Bike Berkeley, East Bay Transit Riders, Bay Area Sunrise, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Golden Gate Audubon, Ad-Hoc Save Aquatic Park Action Committee, Berkeley Cultural Trust, Berkeley Community Media, Stonewall Democratic Club, Wellstone Renewal Democratic Club, the East Bay Young Dems, and the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America.*
* Involvement in these organizations does not indicate endorsement.

As your District 2 City Councilmember, I will build upon and amplify my role as a champion of racial justice and social equity in the City of Berkeley.