Terry Brown Jr. is the son of two public school educators and a lifelong North Carolinian. Terry has experienced all the Tar Heel State has to offer – from being born and raised in Fayetteville, to working as a field organizer in the dusty back roads of Halifax County, and then to honing his skills as an advocate in Raleigh.
Terry lives in Charlotte with his loving and talented wife Arielle. Terry and Arielle bonded over their shared love of the arts in high school, which they continue today by taking in all the cultural activities Charlotte has to offer. They live in Camp Greene with their pet turtle Terra.
Growing up, the values of service, education, and community were instilled in Terry from the very beginning. As Terry grew up he watched his parents sacrifice to give their students the opportunity to succeed. He learned from his grandfather that it doesn’t matter what you accomplish if you don’t give back to help a neighbor in need.
Terry has been involved in democratic politics since the age of 18. In Charlotte, Terry has worked on numerous political campaigns in Charlotte starting as a college volunteer for Anthony Foxx's City Council re-election campaign. Most recently Terry served as political director for Trevor Fuller in 2016 and campaign manager for James "Smuggie" Mitchell in 2017. Terry is the organizer and chair of Democratic Precinct 23 in Camp Greene and a member of the State Executive Committee.
Terry fell in love with the Queen City while attending UNC Charlotte. There, he participated in Student Government, the North Carolina Student Legislature and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Terry worked as a tutor and field organizer for Organizing for America and then matriculated to law school. As a student at Campbell Law School, Terry was an active member of the community serving as president of the Black Law Students Association and was named the David R. Teddy Innovative Student Leader of the Year. While in law school Terry continued his trend of service by representing victims of domestic violence through the school’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.
Following law school Terry returned to Charlotte where he began to practice law as a litigator. Terry spends considerable hours representing victims of domestic violence and tenants in pro bono practice. Terry also uses his passion for affordable housing by serving as a member of the West Side Community Land Trust, working to ensure affordable housing in the city of Charlotte.
City of Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment
Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Precinct 23 Organizer and Chair (2016-Present)
John S. Leary Association of Black Lawyers; Chair (2017)
Vice President, UNC Black Alumni Chapter (2016-Present)
West Side Community Land Trust, Board Member (2018-Present)
Historic Camp Greene National Night Out Chairman and Organizer (2018)
New Leaders Council Institute Graduate (2016)
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Young Visionaries Steering Committee Member (2015-2018)
Democratic Party State Executive Committee Member (2018-2019)
Urban League of the Central Carolina’s Young Professionals; Former Civic Engagement Chair (2016-2018)
Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Professional Council; Founder (2018)
Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 (2019)
UNC Charlotte Young Alumni of the year (2017)
Charlotte Black Chamber of Commerce 30 Under 30 (2016)
Charlotte Agenda 30 Under 30 (2016)
Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018)
Who's Who in Black Charlotte (2019)
Black Political Caucus Member (2015- Present)
League of Women Voter’s Civic 101 Graduate (2018)
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Social Justice Committee Member
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.