Brandi Grayson, a longtime Madison family advocate, educator and activist, announced on Monday that she is running for the District 14 seat of Madison’s Common Council.
A long time humans-right leader and one of the founders of the Young, Black and Gifted (YGB), Grayson is the CEO of the Urban Triage, Inc., which works to empower Black families to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in their lives, their families and communities with hope, education, and action.
Grayson says that her campaign will prioritize community health and safety and has announced endorsements from longtime Madison Alder Shiva Bidar and former Wisconsin State Senate candidate Nada Elmikashfi, along with more than 200 community stakeholders who have endorsed Grayson in the first few hours of her campaign, according to a press release.
“Brandi Grayson is an inspiring and transformational leader with the proven ability to combine vision with operational change,” Bidar said in a statement. “I am honored to support Brandi Grayson for Alder in District 14.”
“Brandi Grayson has been an instrumental figure in ushering in structural reform here in Madison,” Elmikashfi added. “Her work and foundation center around giving agency to our most vulnerable — and our community has seen how she has cared, advocated, and fought for those around her. The work and legacy of Brandi on the Madison Common Council will set a tone of equity and healing for years to come — I wholeheartedly endorse her campaign for Madison Common Council.”
Grayson is a longtime Madison resident, a West High graduate who studied Psychology at the UW. She lives with her family on Madison’s vibrant south side, home to District 14.
“I am so proud to have the trust and support of Shiva Bidar and Nada Elmikashfi along with the hundreds of the community stakeholders I’ve worked with through the years.” Grayson said in a press release. “They know that it is not only my experience as a family educator and human-rights advocate but having been a Black child and teen mother surviving parental addiction and the streets has equipped me with the critical insight necessary for making informed policies that will lead to inclusive and sustainable outcomes. I have been there, I made it through and I know how I made it through. I’m ready to share the map now as a policy-maker.”
For more information on Grayson’s campaign, click here.