"Like many cities, Nashville is on the precipice of change. We are boosting mass transit, making it possible for the city to be more mobile, and we are fighting to raise the wage for hardworking families. As exciting as these developments may be, we know the levers of change will not happen automatically; we have to create the conditions for positive change to occur." -- Erica Gilmore
Erica Gilmore has spent her entire career fighting for traditionally marginalized and middle-class communities. She has served as a Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County At-Large Council Member, Speaker Pro Tempore and District 19 city council member -- earning a reputation as strong, pragmatic legislator who champions bold, and progressive solutions to remedy our city's toughest challenges.
She serves as the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County At-Large Council Member, representing the entire city of Nashville with some 680,000 constituents. Erica is the Chair of the Metropolitan Council Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee. She is also a member of the following Metropolitan Council Committees; Budget and Finance, Ad Hoc Affordable Housing, Public Safety-Beer and Regulated Beverages Committees and past president of the Metropolitan Council Minority Caucus. Nationally, Erica has served as the Assistant to the President, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Vice-Chair, National Association of Young Black Elected Officials, and Vice-Chair, Universities Council, National League of Cities.
Her council and community service has earned her multiple awards: 2018 Nashville Business Journal’s “People to Watch", 2015 "National League of Cities Legislator of the Year", 2014 "40 Under 40 for Blacks in Nashville", 2013 Nashville Chamber of Commerce Finalist for "Nashville Emerging Leader Award", 2012 "Edward Mullins Legacy Award", 2012 "Forty Under 40 Nashville Business Journal", "National League of Cities: National Black Caucus Fellow of Local Elected Officials" in 2011; "Women in History" in 2011, "Women Who Make A Difference" in 2009; and the "NAACP's Under 45 Leadership Award" in 2008.
She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct at Tennessee State University.
Erica is a member of a wide array of civic organizations National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, National League of Cities, Nashville Emerging Leaders, and Young Leaders Council. In addition, she is the Founder of the Gilmore Youth Leadership Institute an initiative for young girls ages 12-18 to become more civically and politically engaged. This initiative was housed at Fisk and Vanderbilt University.
She is a proud alumna of Tennessee State University, earning a Master of Arts in English. Erica studied at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Erica obtained a B.A. degree in English from Howard University, and completed coursework abroad at the American University of Beirut.
She is a third generation Nashvillian and the proud parent of Anyah Gilmore - Jones, a graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School. Erica is the daughter of Tennessee House of Representatives Honorable Brenda Gilmore and Mr. Harry Gilmore.