For Leon County Commission At-Large, Group 2
I was born on August 2,1971 in Miami, Florida. After learning the harsh street life of Liberty City, my family relocated to Tallahassee, FL in 1984. As a teen, I grew up in the Griffin Heights neighborhood where I attended Griffin Middle and Amos P. Godby High. In 1988, I joined the Tallahassee Urban League’s youth mentoring program. My leadership skills began when I was 17 years old as a peer counselor. As the years progressed along with my experience, I became and continue to be a strong voice in the community in which I serve. My devotion captured the attention of the late Governor Lawton Chiles, who appointed me to the Florida Board of Directors for the newly created Martin Luther King Jr., Institute for Nonviolence. In this capacity, I served as the state’s sole youth representative as well as the Vice Chairman. As a result of this appointment, I traveled the country speaking in various forums on nonviolence, including the United Nations’ “Season of Nonviolence” Conference. I went on to receive the “Citizen of the Year” award from former Florida Attorney General Robert Butterworth. Answering my highest honor to serve, in 2010, I was installed Pastor of New Birth Tabernacle of Praise church. Fast forward, I continue to lend my time and talents to address issues of human relations, gun violence, and fair/just policing for all concerned.
The John G. Riley Park
Griffin Heights Neighborhood
The Griffin Heights $6M
Neighborhood First Plan