They join over 400 stakeholders who pledged support in the first day

Madison – Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education members Nicki Vander Muelen, Savion Castro, Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow join over 400 residents including local elected officials and organizational leaders in endorsing Brandi Grayson in the first day of her campaign for Madison Alder, District 14.

Nicki Vander Meulen, School Board Clerk, disability rights advocate and defense attorney had this to say about Brandi: “Brandi Grayson is a change maker. At a time when people are content with the status quo Brandi pushes the boundaries to make our city a more equitable place to live. It is my pleasure to endorse a candidate who puts equity and inclusion at the forefront of her campaign rather than on the back burner.”

School board Treasurer, Savion Castro offered his enthusiastic support:  “I am so proud to endorse Brandi Grayson for alder. Brandi is someone who has fought for justice and equity her entire life. Brandi’s tenacity, bold truth-telling and strong-will to bend our city toward justice is exactly what our community needs on the common council right now. She has my full support.”.

School Board Vice President and co-executive director at G-Safe Ali Muldrow added “Over the years Brandi Grayson has demonstrated her commitment to progress and this community in a way that makes me honored to support her.”

And School Board Member Ananda Mirilli called Grayson a community advocate and explained that she herself had “witnessed [Grayson] pulling her self, her children (including many foster children), and our community out of the pervasive invisibility Madison has been comfortable with for far too long.

Grayson’s experience in the Madison School District started long before she began working as an advocate for school families with Individualized Education Plans. She attended Madison West High School as a teen mother and had this to say about the importance of a healthy and diverse school experience. “As a Black child and mother living with severe trauma, I would not be here today if not for a few highly skilled and compassionate teachers who invested in my self-empowerment and knew how to keep me engaged. Of equal importance is that those of my teachers who were Black showed me that I could be an educator one day and I never would have made that connection had they not felt welcome and safe enough to stay in the Madison school district. Recruiting and retaining excellent Black teachers is critical to the health of all students’ school experience and consequently, the health of our communities, city-wide.”

Grayson has over 20 years of experience that is essential for bold, informed and inclusive leadership including her role as family educator and advocate for, Urban Triage, a local organisation for which she is founder and CEO.  She is a treatment foster parent, an adoptive parent and has served as an assistant social worker and case manager.

Grayson is a longtime Madison resident, a West High Grad and she studied Psychology at the UW. She lives with her family on Madison’s vibrant South side. More info at , on facebooktwitter and instagram

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