Darden Rice chairs the Legislative Committee of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Board and serves on the Legislative Subcommittee of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. Elected to the St. Petersburg City Council in 2014, Darden has more than a decade of experience in working for national, state and local organizations in communications and issue-based advocacy campaigns for the public interest. Those issues include promoting access to affordable, quality healthcare; taking the bias out of medicine; defending voting rights by fighting unfair voter suppression laws; protecting clean water; and promoting clean energy.
Committee Assignments: Public Service & Infrastructure Committee; Public Arts Committee; Waterfront Subcommittee; EMS Committee; Housing Services Committee, Alternate
Community: President of the St. Pete League of Women Voters of St. Pete for the last three years; served on the St. Pete Charter Review Commission and as chair of the Waterfront Subcommittee; Co-Founder of the Pinellas Living Green Expo and past Florida Director of Gulf Restoration Network; St. Petersburg Museum of History, Board of Directors; Studio@620, Board of Directors; Sponsor, St. Pete Preservation Movies in the Park; Member, NAACP; Member, St. Pete Chamber of Commerce
Education and Awards:
Eckerd College, bachelor’s degree in American Studies, graduated with Distinction.
Earned awards for collegiality and academic achievement offered by faculty and peers.
Acknowledged with an Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008.