DC Council, At-Large
Help elect Jeremiah
Born and raised in the D.C. metro area, Jeremiah Lowery has seen the difficulties faced by too many D.C. residents and wants to improve the lives of all. Though his mother was formerly homeless and two of his brothers were in and out of prison, the tremendous support of his community allowed him to graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park. During his time in college, Jeremiah served on the honor council and was accepted into the public leadership program.
After graduating, Jeremiah’s first job was working for Common Cause, where he led efforts to pass campaign finance reform and government accountability legislation for Maryland and D.C. At Common Good City Farm, Jeremiah coordinated workshops on health, wellness, and gardening for low-income residents and created a farm-to senior center program with the American Association of Retired Persons - D.C (AARP-D.C.). His work with seniors continued at the Congressional Hunger Center, where he worked on senior home repair programs and anti-hunger policies.
Jeremiah later went on to work for a worker empowerment center. As a policy coordinator, he developed legislation to improve working conditions in the restaurant industry for workers and small business owners.
Jeremiah was politically appointed to the first D.C. Food Policy Council in 2016. As a commissioner/member, he is working with the Center For Good Food Purchasing and community advocates to develop regulations to procure healthier foods for D.C. public schools.
He currently serves on the Safe School Certification Advisory Board. On this board, Jeremiah assists schools in assessing their bullying and violence prevention programs. He also supports schools in evaluating, understanding and utilizing their resources in the most efficient and beneficial ways possible.
While serving on the steering committee of D.C. for Democracy, Jeremiah advocated for statehood, testified at hearings, and lobbied D.C. Councilmembers to pass legislation to strengthen campaign finance laws, end pay-to-play in the D.C. government, and extend workplace protections for working families.
Jeremiah has also held board leadership positions with the following organizations:
D.C. Sierra Club. Jeremiah created the first Environmental Justice Committee. The committee has worked on legislation to expand green spaces in D.C., create renewable energy jobs for D.C. residents, and eliminate lead in the water at D.C. Public Schools.
Vice President of MLK Friends of the Library. Jeremiah wants to continue to ensure the library has the funding and resources it needs to serve all residents, including residents who are homeless.
WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio. Jeremiah helped the station create programming on environmental justice, health and wellness, and the food equity movement. He also served as a volunteer radio host.
All Souls Unitarian Church’s Young Souls committee. Jeremiah gave a sermon to the congregation on letting go of our collective fears and utilizing our community’s strengths to transform D.C. into a city that works for everyone. He was also active on the social justice committee, where he worked with other members on campaigns to increase funding for affordable housing and support working families.
In addition, Jeremiah is also the director of the Universal Childcare NOW D.C. Coalition, a coalition seeking to expand high-quality childcare access to all parents in Washington, D.C. As the Director, he has lead the way on engaging over 1,200 parents about their childcare needs through surveys and policy roundtables.
In his spare time, Jeremiah loves listening to live music, drinking tea, hiking and hanging out at his local YMCA. No matter what, he looks forward to continuing to serve the D.C. community in any way he can.