Khem Irby for 2nd Vice Chair of the Guilford County Democratic Party

I have a vision for the Guilford County Democratic Party.  The vision is to
ensure that all precincts in Guilford County will receive sustainable support through relevant training and strategies that will build on-going capacity inclusive of all communities of voters. It is important to me that as an organization that we recognize and respect all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, language or any other status and this understanding will drive this vision and my role as 2nd Vice Chair.

Three Prong Strategy

  • Precinct presence and character – each precinct is unique in membership and should tap into the talents that each member brings. Develop a talent survey to engage volunteers showing that they are valued and needed in this organization and what they contribute matters. Membership that is doing what they do best will be sustainable to that precinct. This should help prevent high turnover of officers.
  • Precinct communication – each precinct will have reliable communication to their members to share the party agenda as well as the members will be able to share their perspectives. We want to ensure that we are listening to members. We will build on the grassroots and bottom up approach. Develop new member tools, precinct resource handbook and online webinars that are relevant to Guilford County, the State and National agenda. Every member will be informed and resources available to precincts to help make their roles easy and inviting.
  • Precinct programming – each precinct will develop meetings that are engaging and tailored for their community. For example, town halls, panel discussions, family events, chat & chew, etc. We want to meet the needs of all and be inclusive in our efforts while we think out-of-the-box for reaching every democratic voter in an organized precinct.

Who I Am:

I am currently a resident of Greensboro, NC living in the Adams Farm community.  I work at Pearce Elementary school in the afterschool program.  Beginning in January I became a member of the High Point Leadership Class of 2017.  Program is sponsored by the High Point Chamber of Commerce through Business High Point.  I am learning about the history and goals of the city of High Point through tours, business presentations and meeting the well-knowns of High Point.

This year seems to be a year a firsts.   I assisted with the organizing of precinct G66, one town hall with a city council candidate for District 5, and we are currently planning for the August 1 National Night Out.

Through Parents Across America, a national member organization which advocates for public education, I have conducted workshops and facilitated panel discussions around race, equity and education.

Being an active member of my local church is important.  Through the NAACP I served as the Souls to the Polls liaison.

I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry Leadership with Barclay College and I expect to graduate in June 2018.

Before relocating to North Carolina, I worked as a legal secretary in NYC’s top corporate international law firms.   As a Community Liaison volunteer with Administration of Children’s Services, I worked with parents and families connecting them to resources in their communities.

While studying government and public administration at John Jay College I was also enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves for ten years.  At the age of 19 I traveled to Israel and Egypt to learn and see biblical history.

Upon enrolling my children in NYC public schools I became deeply committed to education.   I was elected as president of the NYC Community Education Council  serving over 35 schools covering several neighborhoods in Brooklyn with one of the largest Black communities in the U.S.  Education advocacy lead to collaboration with the Independent Commission on Public Education (iCOPE), the appearance in the film,  “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” a documentary produced by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) discussing the privatization of public education funds through charter schools.   In 2011 I became the co-founder of The Mothers’ Agenda of NY which uses a human rights framework to advocates for and with mothers and women concerning their children’s educational rights.

I am married with six children (three girls and three boys).  Two of my children have embraced Aggie Pride with college and STEM Early College @ NC A&T graduations.  Recently, my oldest child has received her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  I also have two children that attend Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.  They are the reason why I do what I do and will continue to advocate for public education and of course, our hard-working, underpaid teachers.  It is important for me to sustain memberships with the Democratic Party, National PTA, NCNOW, Guilford PAGE, Greensboro NAACP, Guilford County Association Education and O2020 Caucus.

It is my desire to bring my experience and ability to connect and collaborate with community groups, elders, religious leaders and elected officials.  I am looking forward to working with a progressive diverse board to continue building on the momentum of the political climate that is propelling us forward in transforming our Party.