Meet Devyn Keith
Awards and Recognition:
- 2015 UMASS Boston- Carol Toto Leadership Award recipient
- 2015 Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education- Learning for Life Award Recipient
- 2012 Orlean Bullard Beeson Community Service Award
- 2011 BO1V Featured in BMETRO Magazine and the Birmingham Times
Volunteer and Mentorship:
- Big Brother Big Sister of America Mentoring Program
- New Sector Alliance Mentoring Program
Devyn Sherard Keith was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and is a proud product of its large community network. Devyn has always had a passion for public service and a deep connection to the residents of his community.
As an accomplished student-athlete at Sparkman High School, Devyn decided to attend Samford University on a full athletic scholarship. Devyn concentrated his course of studies in Human Development and Family Science. During his undergraduate career, his passion for community service led him to start a nonprofit called Brothers of 1 Voice. BO1V aimed at educating, empowering and advocating for youths who have aged out of state support services. Throughout his time at Samford, Devyn was involved with a number of Birmingham City based programs, such as the Birmingham Kitchen Table that worked to increase public awareness, municipal accountability and civic engagement.
Obtaining his Baccalaureate Degree in Human Development and Family Science, Devyn chose to further his education and increase his skill set in community development. This led to his enrollment in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he received his Master’s in Public Administration. While in Boston, Devyn worked in leadership roles at the nonprofit and state levels. Through his education and working relationships with leaders at the federal, state and local levels, Devyn learned innovative ways to work around pragmatic politics, policy and procedures to accomplish sustainable goals.
Most pertinent to these pursuits, is his passion to see positive changes for his fellow North Huntsville residents. Despite opportunities extended for him to plant in Boston or the D.C. area, Devyn wanted to return home to North Huntsville, where he could help in the continued efforts to build up a community that helped build him. Devyn understands that "no plan has potential without the right people." So by listening, learning and working with current community leaders, he is excited to become a sustainable asset. Devyn is certainly a believer in open-interface and diverse government and because of that continues to work on his ability to analytically review issues, objectively identify resources and create viable solutions. His outlook on increasing civic engagement, progressive policies and positive perspectives have been a mainstay throughout his career and will remain at the forefront of his run for the District 1 Representative of the Huntsville City Council.