About District 8

About District 8

Baltimore City’s 8th Councilmanic District was created following the passage of a 2002 referendum which reshaped the council from six three-member districts to fourteen single-member districts.

The boundaries of the 8th District are Liberty Heights Avenue–Hilton Parkway–Wilkins Avenue–Baltimore City/County Line.

About 8th District Councilman Kristerfer Burnett

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Kristerfer Burnett, a lifelong Baltimorean, lives in Southwest Baltimore where he and his wife, Vanessa, are third-generation homeowners. He was educated through both the Baltimore City and County public school systems. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in African-American Studies with a concentration in Public Policy. He then earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Kristerfer’s journey into community organizing began at a young age as he watched as his grandmother organize her neighbors in effort to save their neighborhood from the expansion of Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore. He carried those lessons with him as an undergraduate, serving as a founding member of the student-led social justice advocacy organization, Community Roots.

Immediately after earning his Master’s Degree, Kristerfer was hired as community organizer for the Service Employee International Union (SEIU1199) “Good Jobs, Better Baltimore” campaign. The campaign, a coalition of unions, churches, and community groups, pushed for livable wages, corporate accountability, and increased investment in our communities.

He was featured in the 2014 Baltimore Social Innovation Journal for his work doing leadership development workshops for community leaders through the Neighbors Without Borders of Greater Southwest Baltimore, organization he founded in his community. With the goal of unifying Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods, Kristerfer organized several town hall meetings–all of which were resident-led and focused on gathering the community’s vision for their neighborhoods. This resulted in the creation of the Community Roots Leadership Development Academy where residents are trained on being change agents for their communities; and the Edmondson Village Farmers’ Market at Edmondson-Westside High School. He was also honored by the Daily Record as being one of the “20 in Their Twenties “for his work as a community organizer in Baltimore City.

Councilman Burnett serves as the Chair of both City Council’s Health Committee and the Legislative Investigations Committee, as well as, the Vice-Chair of the Public Safety and Executive Appointments Committees. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and Education and Youth Committee.

He also serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative.  Additionally, he also serves as a member on the National Board of Directors of Local Progress and as a member of Baltimore City Community Schools Taskforce, Baltimore City Rec and Parks “Rec2025” Advisory Committee, and Baltimore City HIV Planning Group and Commission.

He truly believes that the most fulfilling aspects of his life have been giving back to those who need it and empowering the residents of Baltimore to be change makers. Kristerfer will continue to remain an advocate for social justice and support others to make an impact on the city of Baltimore.

Committee Assignments:

Chair, Health
Chair, Legislative Investigations
Vice Chair, Executive Appointments
Vice Chair, Public Safety
Member, Education and Youth
Member, Housing and Urban Affairs