Cerssandra McPherson

Council Member At-Large

Cerssandra McPherson was appointed to Toledo City Council as an At-Large Member, by Judge Jack Puffenberger in September 2020. She was elected to a full term in November of 2021.

Born August 24, 1959, to the parents of the Mozell & the late Elzie Hill, her immediate family consists of 2 brothers, 1 sister, 3 adult children, eight grandchildren & four great-grandchildren.

She attended Toledo Public Schools and graduated from Libbey High School class of 1977 with her daughter Danyale. She has continued her education taking classes at the University of Toledo Majoring in Special Education with a Minor in Social Work.

She is a member of Braden United Methodist Church. During her years at Braden she has served as Trustee Chair, Choir President, Pastoral Care Committee, Youth Director, Children’s Choir Director, Usher, Administrative Council, Braden’s Daycare Reconstruction team and a Certified Lay Speaker for United Methodist Church. She also serves on the West Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministries.

Cerssandra was a member of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, where she served as the Paraprofessional Grievance Representative, served on the Board of Directors and the TFT Community Outreach Committee. She also served on the Ohio Federation of Teachers Standing Committee for Paraprofessionals & Staff Related Personnel. Cerssandra also worked as one of the Paraprofessional Train the Trainers for the American Federation of Teachers.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir where she has been a member for 25+ years under the direction of the late Rev. Dr. Derrick E. Roberts. She is also a member of the Thomas Dorsey National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses Inc.

Other organizations she is affiliated with:

  • New Leaf Group, Inc.
  • Toledo Chapter Coalition of Black Trade Unionist
  • National Association for the Advancement of Color People
  • Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club
  • A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • Lucas County Democratic Executive Committee

Favorite Hymns: Oh How I Love Jesus & Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Favorite Scriptures: Psalms 27:4, Isaiah 61:1, and Galatians 2:20

My purpose is to “Encourage, Equip and Empower” my family, friends and those whom I encounter on this journey, with an attitude of gratitude.

Councilwoman McPherson is Vice Chair of the Education, Recreation & Employment Committee and the Health Promotion & Access Committee. She is also a member of the Neighborhoods & Community Development Committee, Public Safety & Criminal Justice Reform Committee, Regional Growth, Development & Small Business Enterprise Committee and the Streets, Public Service & Utilities Committee.

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