A third generation Memphian, Berlin F. Boyd was appointed to fulfill the remaining District 7 City Council term from the vacancy left by his predecessor, Barbara Swearengen Ware in 2011 and reappointed in 2015 to the same seat vacated by Lee Harris, who was elected to the Tennessee State Senate. Throughout his life, Berlin has demonstrated his commitment to serving others while repeatedly leading through diverse and challenging situations. He has initiated issues around economic development, job creation, housing and education. While on the council, he was instrumental in voting on several key issues. Amongst his proudest achievements were the renaming of Linden Avenue to Dr. M. L. King Jr. Avenue and creating programs to help spark inner city redevelopment and neighborhood stabilization. During his tenure he served on the Parks & Recreation and Memphis Light, Gas & Water committee. He has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the Memphis/Shelby County Land Use and Control Board, Solid Waste Board and Shelby County Health, Education and Housing Facilities Board. He is also the former president of the Shelby County Young Democrats.
Boyd has been involved in community leadership for more than 15 years. With an established reputation for relationship building through a wide-range of partnerships, Berlin inspired by his father’s commitment to public service learned the value of hard work when he was a young boy. His favorite quote is by Ashley Montagu, “The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don’t read what they write, don't ask them what they believe, just observe what they do.” His leadership is inspired by his strong belief that a more responsive government, greater citizen participation and empowered communities will improve the quality of life for all. He also strives to define his life with fair, honest and effective leadership.
As a collaborative and entrepreneurial leader his professional career encompasses; strategic planning, business development, large-scale project management, and executive leadership in government relations and public policy. It is with his collaborative planning and efficient management of personnel that as a businessman he has been able to successfully develop strategies and implement plans for public and private clients.
Beyond his family and work experiences, Berlin has enjoyed a variety of opportunities to expand his knowledge and skills, both professionally and academically. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business, and a Master’s in Business Administration. In his down time, his interests include golfing, reading, motorcycling, traveling, arts, fitness, and motivational speaking.
Councilman Berlin Boyd serves as the 2017 Chairman of the Memphis City Council.