Terry Taplin

Berkeley City Council, District 2

Terry will be another tireless voice for equality in the Bay Area!


As an openly gay, working class, Black man raised in West Berkeley by a single parent mother, Terry is no stranger to stigma and prejudice. Fortunately . he’s always had strong teachers and mentors, especially women , queer women, and LGBT people of color of all genders, who inspired courage within him and a commitment to service and civic engagement. He is ap roud alumnus of the Berkeley Public Schools, Berkeley City College, and Saint Mary’s College of California.  
As a performance poet and slam champion, he cultivated the capacity to listen, communicate, and build coalitions with diverse communities across demographics and intersections of identity. As a Children, Youth, and Recreation Commissioner he fought for the equitable distribution of the City resources to meet the educational and recreational needs of Berkeley’s diverse populations. As a Civic Arts Commissioner, he fought to increase Civic Arts grant funding and championed the equitable stewardship of Berkeley’s public art, cultural events, and arts venues. 
As an activist and organizer, he fights for artists, workers, tenants, for seniors and students, for cyclists and pedestrians, for transit equity, for health, housing, economic, and environmental justice, for ecological stewardship, and the just transition to a green economy, and for West Berkeley’s small businesses and innovative industries. 

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