Who am I?
Tamika Mapp was raised by her grandparents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her grandfather worked hard to provide for the family while her grandmother taught her valuable life lessons. When Tamika became a mother, still a teenager herself, she experienced first-hand how hard it is to provide for and raise a family. Tamika applied the lessons taught by her grandparents and completed her Bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University.
Tamika is a season executive in fundraising, marketing and tax advice. She is the founder of East Harlem Tax Service. In this position, she leads the company’s overall planning to help small businesses and individuals file their personal and business taxes in a timely manner. Tamika started East Harlem Tax Service in 2009, following a 10-year career in various areas of fundraising and human resource management. She has held positions across the nonprofit spectrum including fundraising administrative assistant, fund development officer, employee relations and recruiting.
Having spent more than 5 years in New York City, Tamika has become a thriving entrepreneur and a role model for our community. She sees the struggles hard-working individuals face every day and know that together we can make our neighborhoods and communities safer and stronger. Tamika will bring a new voice to New York’s District 68 as Assemblywoman; she will be working with you-for a change! Mrs. Mapp is dedicated to improving our affordable housing while building stronger communities through investments to our residents by providing the resources they need and ensuring the highest standards for quality of life throughout New York City.
Why am I running?
I am running to bring a change to NYC. For to long, Albany has been broken by only supporting the special interests. I am running to bring more affordable housing to one of the poorest districts in NY. I am also running to make sure that the minimum wage gets raised so that the hard working people of my community can afford to continue to live in East Harlem. I am also running to change the mental health system in NY so that kids no longer fall through the cracks.
My top three policy goals will be:
1. Increase the minimum wage, with indexing, so that we reach a living wage in NY.
2. Expand affordable housing in East Harlem, including mixed tier affordable housing so that the people of all incomes can afford to live in our community.
3. Reform the mental health system so that there is accountability so that people stop falling through the cracks.
I will achieve these goals by building coalitions with my fellow legislators and being the tireless advocate that my district has lacked for the last few years.
My DFA Values
My values match up well with DFA. I want to work to see East Harlem empowered, so that the working people of my community can afford to live and raise their families in the district, without having to worry. When I get to Albany, I will be a tireless advocate for fighting income inequality and ending "The Tale of Two Cities."
I am also a major advocate for protecting peoples freedom from discrimination. If I am elected, I will be the first Married African American Lesbian in Albany and in that role, I will be the advocate in Albany to fight for more protections to protect peoples freedoms in NY.
In Albany, I will also be the advocate that our city and state needs to bring more money for schools, especially for the expansion of Universal Pre K, and making sure that it is funded. I will also be an advocate for protecting the environment and will be a solid vote against fracking in NY.
My Campaign is People Powered!
As a community leader, with the Girl Scouts, I know how important it is to work with community. I will not win this campaign without the help of the grassroots. To do this, I am putting together small community meetings to activate the activists and bring new supporters in. I will also be knocking doors and using volunteers to hit every Democrat in the district.
So far we have reached out to the progressive community to mobilize them to go to Albany to advocate taxing the rich to pay for Universal Pre K. We have also used social media to activate progressive grassroots supporters to call, email and outreach to their legislators in support of Universal Pre K.