"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

About Erica

A mother, educator, and council member-at-large who is focused on strengthening Nashville's hard-working families. 

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, Minority Caucus President, and District 19 city council member -- earning a reputation as strong, pragmatic legislator who champions bold, and progressive solutions to remedy Nashville's toughest challenges. 

Legislative Leadership

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 of 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. 

Erica was first elected to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Council in 2007 where she served as the 19th District Councilmember, which had 17,000 t0 19,000 constituents and was a mix of the downtown urban core as well as a variety of neighborhoods, and universities. In 2008, she was elected by the council body to the Speaker Pro Tem position, the highest-ranking position in the city. 

She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct at Tennessee State University. Erica is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women and children, racial justice, public health, civic engagement, and service. 

She served on the Central Business District Improvement Board as well as the Gulch Business Improvement Board. Additionally, she served as the past Chair of the Government Awareness Committee for the Hope Gardens Neighborhood Association, past Chair of Women in the NAACP, member of Top Ladies of Distinction. 

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. 

Personal Background

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. She obtained a B.A. degree in English from Howard University, and completed coursework abroad at the American University of Beirut.

Erica is a third generation Nashvillian and the proud parent of Anyah Gilmore - Jones, a graduate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School. She comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Erica Is the daughter of Harry Gilmore and the Honorable Brenda Gilmore who serves in the Tennessee House of Representatives.