Eliminating Obstacles • Solution-focused • For the People of Durham

Dedicated to servant leadership, service to humanity, and unyielding love for family, Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman believes in accountability, empowerment, and working for all people in Durham.


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On May 12, 2022, Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman
was sworn in for the Durham City Council At-Large seat.

She was unanimously chosen from over twenty candidates and four finalists after Council Member Charlie Reece resigned from his At-Large position.


 Leadership Fellows

  • 2023 North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership
  • 2023 Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) NU Cohort 
  • 2022 Regional Triangle Leadership Goodmon Fellow

City Council Committee Appointment

  • Affordable Housing Implementation Committee
  • Citizens Advisory Committee
  • City of Durham Council Legislative Committee
  • Durham-Chapel Hill-Orange Work Group
  • Homeless Services Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Human Relations Committee (Alternate)
  • Joint City-County (Alternate)
  • Mayor’s Committee for Persons With Disabilities 
  • Northeast Central Durham Subcommittee
  • Recreation Advisory Commission
  • Sister Cities of Durham
  • Triangle J Council of Government - Center of the Region Enterprise (Alternate)
  • Upper Neuse River Basin Association Board

Community, Professional Organizations, Affiliations & Memberships

  • The National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
  • National League of Cities
  • Regional Director of NC |National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC- LEO)
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW) (NC Chapter) 
  • National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP)

History of Community Involvement 

  • Durham Citizen’s Advisory Council 
  • Durham County Department of Social Services Board (Vice President)
  • Jordan High School Improvement Team
  • Rogers Herr School Improvements Team 
  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Board 
  • Pearson Town Elementary Principal Selection Committee
  • Rogers Herr Middle School Site-Based Decision-Making Committee
  • Durham Area Mental Health Board 
  • Pearson Town Elementary Site-Based Decision-Making Committee 

 Dr. Holsey-Hyman’s City Council Highlights

  • August 2022: Supporting Safe And Protective Measures To Foster Healthy Learning  Environments In Durham Schools (Resolution)
  • January 19, 2023: 2023 National Mentoring Month “ Amplify Mentoring”  Celebration
  • The City of Durham and NC Central Collaboration Pipeline for Jobs / Internships  Committee 
  • Legislative 2023 Action Item: Introduced and Accepted: Support Youth Mentoring Service Act 
  • Legislative 2023 Action Item:  Introduced and Accepted An Act to Allow Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing. 
  • First Social Work Interns in the HEART Program: City of Durham Community Safety Department 
  • Member of Mayor Elaine O’Neal’s, “Deep Dive Housing” initiative’s Subcommittee

In the News ...

Durham City Council Member addresses Allegations

Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman addresses extortion allegations from March, 2023. ...

May 2023 is proclaimed as "Humility Month" for the City of Durham

Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman was honored by Mayor Elaine O'Neal during the reading of the proclamation designating May 2023 as "Humility Month&qu ...

Black History Month: Celebrate, Honor, and Uplift with NBC-LEO

Engagement Leadership Race & Equity February 1 commences a month-long celebration of Black History Month – an annual observance honoring African ...


Why am I running?

With an unanimous vote in May 2022, the Durham City Council appointed me to fill the vacant At-Large seat. It has been a pleasure to work with Mayor Elaine O’Neal, my colleagues on the City Council, and community stakeholders to address Durham’s residents’ concerns at the micro (individual), mezzo (groups), and macro (large organizations) levels. For more than a year, I have proven to be a team player who actively listens, advocates, and votes with integrity. Working behind the scenes, before being appointed to City Council, I advocated and voted on budgets affecting Durham's residents and communities from all economic levels. I place the residents in the forefront of all of my decisions as it is essential to remember the voices of residents and communities from all areas in the City of Durham. 

People often ask, "Where did she come from?" I came from humble beginnings from the South Bronx of New York. My mother raised four daughters while living in public housing and receiving public assistance. At the early age of ten, I learned to be a community voice, accompanying my mother to several community and school board meetings in District 8 of the South Bronx of New York. This exposure to community advocacy as a child created a social worker with over twenty-five years of experience in mental health, grassroots community development, child welfare, health care, and advocacy. That social worker is me, Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman, your Durham City Council Member At-Large.

I moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 2006 and began volunteering in the community to make a difference for all residents. I was appointed and served on many boards and committees including the Durham Mental Health Board, Alliance Behavioral Health Board, Citizen Advisory Board, and Durham Social Service Board, where I am currently the Vice President.

Why am I running to keep my seat on the Durham City Council? I am running to promote the agenda of Durham’s residents for safer communities through innovative strategies addressing public safety and the Durham Community Safety Department’s HEART (Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Teams) program, tackling gun violence as a community issue, advocating for sustainable and affordable housing, promoting a green and equitable Durham by supporting plans that enforce growth without creating displacement of current Durham residents and protects the environment and natural resources in our city and county, and through my passion for mentoring youth, developing evidence-based approaches to enhance community safety through youth mentoring programs.

Helping me to keep my seat on the Durham City Council permits me to continue my diligent efforts to “knock-down” barriers using solution – focused strategies for the City of Durham - "One Bull: One Impact.” I will continue to collaborate with residents, other community stakeholders, the Mayor, City Council members, City staff, County Commissioners, Durham Public School Board of Education, and state and federal elected officials to address obstacles that affect our city. No silo working in collaboration.

Given the opportunity, over the next four years, we will work together to enhance Durham for everyone. I have heard residents' concerns over the last ten months and if you work with me to keep my seat by supporting my campaign through making donations and joining my team, I will work diligently to “knock-down” obstacles. Durham needs, Dr. Monique Holsey- Hyman's, "One Bull: One Impact” solution in collaboration with ALL stakeholders on every level to “knock down” the barriers and obstacles that impact the residents of Durham- “One Bull: One Impact.”


Bull City Strong, United, and Focused,
Dr. Monique Holsey- Hyman, Durham City Council (Incumbent)


Vote to Keep
     Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman for
Durham City Council At-Large


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