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.