About Tameika

Tameika Isaac Devine & FamilyCity Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine was first elected to Columbia City Council in April 2002, becoming the first African-American female to serve on City Council and the first African-American to win an at-large election in the history of Columbia, S.C.

As a member of City Council, Mrs. Devine has been a champion of many causes, but the development and empowerment of youth is a cause that touches her on a personal level. She continues to lead the city’s efforts to develop more youth initiatives and works to further the community’s commitment to anti-gang programs. She has been involved with the development of the Police Athletic League (PAL), a program that blends public safety officers into activities in the City’s parks. Mrs. Devine was also a leading force on City Council in support of the need for a gang study. This information has been used for the creation of programs to keep our youth out of gangs and also provide training for parents to recognize gang activities, signs and graffiti.

Councilwoman Devine helped establish the City’s Criminal Domestic Violence Task Force. Out of this initiative came the concept for the Mayor’s Criminal Domestic Violence Walk. Her idea for the walk was motivated by the need to increase awareness and provide education to citizens during Criminal Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). The first walk, held in October 2007, is now an annual event.

Councilwoman Devine has taken the lead for the Together We Can project, which was initiated between the City of Columbia and Richland School District One. It is an educational initiative that was formed to support and enhance student achievement, promote the district’s success, and encourage the community to become more involved in Richland One’s schools, the primary school district serving the City of Columbia.

Councilwoman Devine also initiated the Ultimate Wellness Challenge with city staff at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center. This comprehensive 12-week program challenged the citizens of Columbia to take charge of their own health, embrace healthy lifestyles, and make significant steps towards changing their lives for the better. She continues to be a community champion for wellness and co-chairs the city’s “Let’s Move Columbia” initiative with Columbia’s First Lady, DeAndrea Benjamin, and they are spreading the message of wellness and healthy lifestyles throughout the Midlands region of South Carolina.

She is the City of Columbia’s spokesperson for Heart Health Awareness Month and annually convenes local government, business and neighborhood leaders to focus on heart health issues and their impact in the local community. And she works closely with the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Committee to make the City more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly and strengthen the infrastructure of the city.

Mrs. Devine serves as an appointed Member of the National League of Cities’ Council on Youth & Families and the Human Development Community. A past board member of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, Councilwoman Devine is also a graduate of Leadership Columbia, the South Carolina Economic Development School and the SC Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. She has also achieved the Silver Certificate in the National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute.

Councilwoman Devine serves on numerous boards, commissions and civic organizations, including the Board of EngenuitySC, the American Red Cross Blood Services Division, and Brookland Federal Credit Union. She is also the City Council liaison to the Columbia Museum of Art and EdVenture Children’s Museum.

Named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Congaree Area Girls Scouts of America and a “Woman of Excellence” by the Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Councilwoman Devine has also received the Living the Legacy Award by the National Council of Negro Women, the Whitney M. Young Jr. service award by the Indian Waters Council of Boy Scout of America, and the Lincoln C. Jenkins, Jr. Award by the Columbia Urban League. She was also named by The State as one of the “20 Under 40″ and is a member of the 2013 Class of Liberty Fellowship and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Her contributions to the community are further expressed through her work with her church, Brookland Baptist, and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Mrs. Devine is married to Jamie L. Devine, Chairman of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners, and they are the proud parents of two daughters – Tamia and Jade. The Devines live in the historic Earlewood neighborhood of downtown Columbia.