The Steering Committee was appointed by City Council in July 2018. For the first year of the process, the Steering Committee used the current Ward districts. The members of the steering committee consisted of 15 members, one City Council member, and an alternate. There were five members from each ward. Among the 15 members, there were two youth seats and one seat reserved for a person with different abilities.

In 2020, the Durham City Council approved new by-laws for the Steering Committee that outline the requirements for appointment, board mission, and composition. The PB Steering Committee shall consist of a total of fifth-teen (15) voting members appointed by City Council including:

At least two-thirds of the 15 members should be individuals that represent communities in Durham directly impacted by long-term discrimination and oppression. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, the following categories: class, homeownership status, age (two youth members 13-18 years old), disability, race and ethnicity representation, LGBTQ, educational background, SES, religion, and non-native English speaking background.

If you are interested in joining the PB Steering Committee please visit the Durham Board & Commissions vacancies webpage to learn how to apply:

The Steering Committee is responsible for assisting in the following:

· Drafting the PB rulebook

· Establishing goals and measures for success

· Creating the timeline for implementation of projects

· Developing the outreach strategy

Current Steering Committee Members



Axel Herrera Ramos


Rosa I Cuppari


Angela C Jimerson


Dawn A. Paige


Donna L Kaye


Jadda Richardson


Jonah W Purnell

Youth Member

Tanula Starks


Montae Watson


Paulette Jackson


 [5 Vacancies]