MEET ERICA GILMORE
"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 is a third generation Nashvillian. She currently, serves as the Councilmember At-Large representing approximately 680,000 Davidson County residents. As an At-Large City Council Member, Erica fights tirelessly to make Nashville a fair, safe, and better city for all its residents -- no matter their zip code or how long they have called Nashville home.
She was first elected to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Council in 2007 where she served as the 19th District Councilmember. Erica represented 17,000 to 19,000 constituents, containing a mix of the downtown urban core, as well as a variety of neighborhoods, and universities.
Currently, Erica is the Chair of the Health, Hospitals and Social Services committee and past president of the Minority Caucus. In 2008, she was elected as the Metro Council Speaker Pro Tem, which is the third highest- ranking position in the city.
Nationally, she has served as an at-large board member for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials where she helped to establish national initiatives that are implemented at the local level of government for black officials.
Erica is committed to investing in policies that create "One Nashville" -- One where everyone belongs, one where everyone thrives, one where everyone has a reasonable shot at success. "One Nashville" isn’t only possible, it is within reach.
Building on her track record of success in generating economic development for the 19th District, Erica will work with the public and private sector to create affordable housing, invest in salaries that make the teaching profession attractive again, and ensure that all people who want to work, have access to living wage jobs; jobs that allow them to care for their families and invest in the local economy. She will work to ensure stronger community-police relations so we build a city where all are welcome and where all feel safe. Erica is excited to be on this journey and invites everyone who wants a seat at the table to join her.
Erica enjoyed a distinguished fifteen-year career as an educator at Fisk University and taught at Metro Nashville Public Schools for five years. She serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct at Tennessee State University.
She is an alumna of Howard University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, in addition to completing additional courses abroad at the American University of Beirut. Upon completion of her degree from Howard University, she returned to Nashville, earning a Master of Arts in English from Tennessee State University. Erica has completed studies in executive education at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Councilmember At-Large Erica Gilmore is the proud parent of Anyah Gilmore-Jones who is a graduating senior at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. She is the daughter of Tennessee House of Representatives Honorable Brenda Gilmore and Mr. Harry Gilmore.