Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Profile

Heather McTeer

Politician

More From Heather

In this video

Tagged as

Heather McTeer realized that she wanted to change the system, so she became a part of it. As the first female African-American Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, she has become a leader and role model in her community.

Heather's Biography

Childhood Career Ambitions: Navy Fighter Pilot
To Her 15-Year-Old Self: "Slow down and enjoy 15."
Role Model: Her mother
Ideal Interview Subject: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia

Heather McTeer was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, “the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta.” After graduating from Spelman College with a BA in Sociology, she decided to pursue her Juris Doctorate at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Lousiana. With degree in hand, she returned to Greenville to work at her father’s legal practice.
In 2003, 27-year-old Heather McTeer decided to put herself up as a candidate for Mayor of Greenville. Many thought her candidacy was far-fetched. As McTeer states, “Greenville had never had an African-American Mayor. Greenville had never had a woman who had run and let-alone won the office. And certainly there had never been anyone as young as I was that was attempting the feat.” She won the election, and was elected for a second term in 2007.
 
McTeer also served as the National President of the National Conference of Black Mayors. She is also currently serving as the Chairwoman of the Environmental Protection Agency Local Government Advisory Committee.

Related Videos

Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao
24th U.S. Secretary of Labor

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Elaine Chao came to the United States as a child and has had an unwavering faith in the American dream ever since. From knowing no English to becoming the ...

Joan Sullivan
Joan Sullivan
Educator & Public Policy

Joan Sullivan has been actively involved in school reform for the last decade. She is a founding member of the Urban Assembly, a non-profit at the forefront of new school developme...

Linda Fairstein
Linda Fairstein
Sex Crimes Prosecutor

Linda Fairstein is a sex crimes prosecutor who served as head of Manhattan's District Attorney's sex crimes prosecution unit, one of the first of its kinda in the country. ...

Roberta Kaplan
Roberta Kaplan
United States V. Windsor Attorney

Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan is the attorney who successfully argued the United States V. Windsor case, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a key provision of the Defense of Marri...