Nancy Berry: Community Growth Through Careful Leadership

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

If an organization in the Brazos Valley has a board of directors or executive committee, odds are that Nancy Berry has served on it. Over the past 30 years, she's dedicated her time and skill in leadership to helping guide community organizations.

It's a perspective she believes has helped her immensely as her latest role, as Mayor of College Station.

Her commitments and awards cover the walls of her office at city hall. As current mayor and former city council member, she's seen growth in city over the last 8 years. It's her almost 30 years of communnity involvement on the ground level that keeps things in perspective.

"Just a different side of the coin, but it's the same coin," says Berry. "It's what can I do, what can we do as a council together? And what's so rewarding about that is that these peopel who come from different walks of life that i might never meet otherwise, we all share the same values."

From the mayor's seat on the council, she is listening, learning and leading. Nancy knows what her strong suit is.

"I've been blessed with such that I think that I can make a contribution byt helping set policy, having inlfuence, being able to motivate others. and do to be able to make a contribution to those agencies who then in effect help those in need, I find very rewarding," explains Berry.

But it doesn't keep her from getting hands dirty. She swung a hammer for Habitat for Humanity.

The list of organizations that she's been a part of is too long to read out loud, but the organizations that help children are the ones that she holds dear.

"Children, I think, are the most vulnerable," says Berry. "Whether they're neglected, they're abused, latchkey kids, they don't have a plaec to go, they live in a neighborhood that may or may not be safe.

Her dedication to kids needs has earned her accolades from organizations like the Boys and Girls club.

Between her responsibilities with the city and her volunteer work, Nancy admits, time has to be taken from other things in her life.

"I usually take it away from housework," laughs Berry.

"Housework and cooking can always get scratched. That's not a problem, I mean, it's not a problem for me. My husband might have an issue, but he's a great guy."

Outside of council meetings, much of Nancy's time as mayor is spent at ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and making speeches. It's here where she makes it a point to reinforce why our community needs steadfast volunteers.

"I just think that's a part of being the citizenship of the world," shares Berry.

"We all want to live in a great place. We all want it to be the best it can be and to do that, I believe we all have a responsibilty to work towards that end."

Berry boasts, that out of all of her awards, she's most proud of being a mother of two and grandmother of three. Even though her kids are on the east and west coasts.

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