Tameika Isaac Devine
Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine is a leader who listens to and helps people everyday.
A native of Columbia, Tameika grew up in a family dedicated to Columbia and public service.
First elected to City Council in 2002, Tameika is the first African-American female elected to Columbia City Council and the first African-American elected at-large.
Tameika is affectionately known by her colleagues on council and city staff as the “project” council person. She is very passionate about empowering citizens to succeed, and dedicated to rolling up her sleeves to implement projects and programs to support those goals.
During her tenure, Tameika served as co-chair of the Work Initiative Program, a workforce development program that trains unemployed and underemployed citizens in skills allowing them to be immediately employable. She also spearheaded the restructuring of the city courts and was instrumental in the establishment of the criminal domestic court and the nationally recognized homeless court.
Tameika also is the lead on the city’s recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention week and the American Heart month activities.
Additionally, Tameika works with the city’s community development department to ensure financial stability for all citizens by starting the City’s Bank On program, a program that helps unbanked and underbanked citizens establish a banking relationship and the pilot of the Columbia Kids Save, Children’s savings account program.
Tameika is known as the councilwoman who listens. She has monthly open house meetings to hear citizen’s concerns and routinely meets with citizens to seek input and engagement of on city issues.
Tameika’s leadership is recognized nationally, as she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National League of Cities, the Board of Women in Municipal Government, Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and State Chair of the South Carolina Chapter of the Democratic Municipal Officials.
Tameika has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential People of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly magazine for multiple years and has been elected 3 times by the readers of the Free Times as the Best City/County Council person.
Tameika’s contributions to the community are further expressed through her work with her church, Brookland Baptist Church and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Tameika is a graduate of Spring Valley High School, Hampton University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a founding partner in the law firm of Jabber & Isaac, PA and the founder of The Possibilities Institute, a peak performance public speaking and consulting firm specializing in women’s leadership.
Tameika is married to Jamie L. Devine, a member of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners and they are the parents of Tamia, Jade and Jameson. Their son, James Henry, was born into heaven in August 2014.
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