The City Clerk’s Office Presents the Monthly Board Member Spotlight:
Lea efird-green, citizens advisory committee
1. Why would you encourage someone in the community to apply to be on a board, committee, or commission?
As someone with a social work and public administration background, public service is my life's passion. Serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), Affordable Housing Implementation Committee (AHIC), and as a county appointee on the Racial Equity Commission (REC) are some of the ways that I use my skills and experience to support the greater Durham community.
2. What do you enjoy most about serving on your particular board?
I am deeply interested in how housing policy and practice both influence and are influenced by systemic social inequities. In a community like Durham that is growing and changing rapidly, the CAC and AHIC provide me with an opportunity to learn more about and advise policymakers on housing system decisions that affect thousands of my neighbors. As a social worker for whom racial equity is an imperative policy frame, I also serve on the housing subcommittee of the REC in order to support the commission in creating more equitable housing access and policy in Durham.
3. What is your favorite part about living in Durham?
I hope to bring a sense of collaboration to these boards. Unfortunately, boards are not always able to collaborate, even if their purposes are similar. As the CAC appointee to the AHIC, and as a housing advocate within the REC, I hope to unify our efforts across these boards in order to make a tangible impact on the Durham housing system.