Ginny Deerin has been told she's a Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer's body.
And it's true. She has big ideas and the skills to do them. She says, "coming up with progressive ideas is one thing, but it's so important to be able to execute them."
For example, she raised the money for the Hollings Cancer Center and she continues to raise money in the nonprofit sector.
At press, Deerin was one of nine Charleston mayoral candidates, and she also made a good run for South Carolina's Secretary of State last year—with even some Republican backing as a Democrat.
So, she's impressive.
But perhaps her biggest accomplishment to date is WINGS For Kids that was started in 1996. For almost 20 years, the forward thinking after-school programs have helped children in impoverished areas feel safe in that three-hour window after school. Now, it exists in three states and 11 elementary schools.
"The slogan was and is live powerfully, joyfully, and responsibly, succeeding in school and out of school, and at the time there was a very new concept of teaching social and emotional learning—how to behave well, make good decisions, motivate oneself—that we know are so important to being successful, but they hadn't really been taught around the country."
For her mayoral campaign, Deerin's focusing on transparency in government. "It's good just basic government. People should be able to know what's going on in their government. Especially with technology. If you put information out there, it engages the citizenry in trying to come up with progressive, good ideas. Some might say that all good ideas go to die in government, which is certainly true in the gridlock of Congress and our state legislature, but mayors really have a reputation for being able to get stuff done. So, you use transparency, and you're all in the same business."