Andrew D. Gillum




City of Tallahassee

Born on July 26, 1979 in Miami, Mayor Gillum was raised in Gainesville as the fifth of seven children born to Frances and Charles Gillum. When he graduated from Gainesville High School in 1998, he was recognized by the Gainesville Sun as one of the city’s “Persons of the Year.”

After high school, Mayor Gillum attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and was very active in the university’s Student Government Association (SGA), serving as the Senate President, before being elected to SGA President, serving from 2001-02. While in office, he served as the first student member of the FAMU Board of Trustees, and was an appointee to FAMU Presidential Search Committee, the State of Florida Higher Education Funding Advisory Board, and the Leon County Civic Center Authority Board.

Following the 2000 Presidential election, Mayor Gillum addressed the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on election violations in the state of Florida. He was also instrumental in organizing the historic March on Tallahassee in protest of Governor Jeb Bush’s executive order to abolish affirmative action in state university admissions and state contracting. As a result of his advocacy efforts, the Center for Policy Alternatives (Washington, DC) recognized him as the country’s top student leader in 2001.

Mayor Gillum’s impact spread statewide when he accepted the position of Florida Field Organizer with People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF). In 2002, he organized and led the largest get-out-the-vote campaign in Florida’s history, titled “Arrive With 5”. In 2003, the Florida Democratic Party recruited Gillum to serve as its Interim Political Director, but his passion for organizing get-out-the-vote campaigns led him back to PFAWF as the statewide Director of the “Arrive With 5” program. Following the 2004 election, Mayor Gillum took on another leadership role at PFAWF as National Deputy Director of Young People For, a national campus-based program for emerging progressive leaders. He then created the Young Elected Officials Network in 2006 to add to the leadership pipeline and support young elected leaders like himself from around the country. Mayor Gillum now serves as the Director of Youth Leadership Programs for PFAWF which oversees three program areas: Young People For, the Front Line Leaders Academy, and the Young Elected Officials Network.

Mayor Gillum is a member of the Board of Directors for The Schott Foundation for Public Education, the New World Foundation, and the Opportunity To Learn Action Fund. He completed Harvard Kennedy School’s 2009-summer session of their Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and is a graduate of the Rockwood Yearlong Fellowship for Executive Leaders “Leading From the Inside Out” program. He is a member of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Incorporated (Boule’), the FAMU National Alumni Association, and Bethel AME Church.

Mayor Gillum has received numerous awards and recognitions for his passion and service over the years, and has been named an emerging leader by the Congressional Black Caucus, Jet Magazine, Ebony Magazine, the Association of Trial Lawyers for America (ATLA), The Drum Major Institute, IMPACT, and the Washington Post. He has also been regularly featured on several local and national news mediums including MSNBC, CNN, the Huffington Post, and the Tallahassee Democrat on various civic and social justice issues.

Gillum resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, R. Jai, and their twin children Caroline and Jackson.