Why I Run...

Ruby is a former elementary school administrator and community servant who has lived in Memphis for over a decade.   Ruby was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Growing up in a rural community gave Ruby a strong work ethic and a commitment to her community.

 

Ruby is a Democratic candidate running to be the State Representative for District 97 because our community deserves a weighted funding model to fund schools, affordable healthcare for families, and increased investments in small businesses in Arlington, Atoka, Bartlett, Cordova, Eads, Germantown, Lakeland, and Memphis.

Who I am...

Ruby has worked with students, teachers, families and community members. It was Ruby’s time as an elementary school administrator that shaped her desire to work in electoral politics fighting for educational equity. 

Ruby also serves the Memphis community as Community Outreach Director for the Junior League of Memphis, a member of the Board of Directors at Leadership Preparatory Charter School, and a Census 2020 Complete Count subcommittee member. Ruby was recognized as a member of the Memphis Business Journal 2018 40 Under 40 class and 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus for the Fogelman College of Business at The University of Memphis.  

Ruby has served in a variety of leadership roles in education working with the STARS office at legacy Memphis City Schools staffing hundreds of teaching positions, serving as the Founding Director of School Operations at Frayser Achievement Elementary School, as a Managing Director of School Operations at Teach for America, as a Senior Program Manager at The New Teacher Project, and as a member of Education Pioneers’ Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative (EHCLI).

R. Powell-Dennis

For TN House 97

P. O. Box 4191 

Cordova, Tennessee, 38088-4191

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