Who’s someone you look up to? Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. Her election showed me that anything is possible. She started a grassroots movement of people, including people who never voted.
Like yourself? Yes.
You worked on her campaign? Yes. I was the field coordinator. I went to events she couldn’t go to. I set up functions. I was with her campaign from March to the end. I didn’t become an employee until the summer. Imagine that -- a 20-year old black kid working on the senior staff of a major campaign. I started in March as a volunteer. In June I was given keys to the office and by August I was offered a position as her full-time field coordinator.
Who’s in your family? My mother is Danielle Green. Her husband is Rickie Green. They’ve been together since I was 6 or 8. They’ve been married about 10 years. I have a younger brother, Jacquez Green, who’s 11.
Where’s your church membership? Officially it’s at Kingdom Faith Outreach with Pastor Veronica Haynes. I’m very spiritual but I’m not real religious. The churches have broken me down. I used to do Bible study at Kendrick and I became youth director at another church and everybody wanted me to keep going. I was thirsty for God but everybody kept taking my hunger for God away from me. None of the churches I went to satisfied my hunger.
When you picture God, what do you see? I think about omnipotence, someone who’s all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect, and someone who loves you just as you are. No matter how broken you are, God can fix you and He can heal you.
What do you envision as your career? I want to be an entrepreneur and then in my late 20s or 30s, I want to go into politics. Teresa is encouraging me to run for state Senate in a couple of years. I’ve loved politics since I was young. I understand how politics makes a difference in people’s lives. I want to make a difference.
Do you still keep in touch with Mayor Tomlinson? Me and Teresa were texting yesterday. She’s got a full schedule. I think she’s doing a good job.
What’s your major? Political science.
Lots of people say they’re disillusioned with politics, that they can’t trust politicians. Well, there’s a lot of people I don’t trust. But someone has to govern us. God puts people into office who He sees fit.
You had some friends die in a church van wreck last fall. How did that affect you? It made me embrace people and embrace life. As the artist Drake says, “Everybody dies but not everybody lives.” I’m trying to grab life by the neck. Life is hard but your setbacks become your setup for a major comeback.