Kyéra Sterling is the current Executive Director of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus within the MA Legislature, where she works to support and advance the political agenda of 14-Members devoted to the expansion of racial equity and access. While appointed to helm the body in July of 2020, Sterling has served at nearly every level of state and local government during the past seven years. In 2015 Sterling joined the Massachusetts Legislature, serving as Chief of Staff to Representative Paul W. Mark (D-Peru) during landmark Criminal Justice, Labor, and Environmental reforms. Prior to that, she served with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women where she helped foster the early stages of the Massachusetts 2015 Pay Equity Coalition. Sterling is proud that she started her career in the office of then At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Sterling has also volunteered for a swath of political campaigns including Juliette Kayyem’s 2014 gubernatorial bid, and in 2016 was elected a Massachusetts delegate to the Democratic Presidential Convention. Sensing a greater connection between policy design and discursive ideas, Sterling embarked in the study of literature and film of the Black diaspora at UMass Boston, earning her MA in English Literature in 2019. Her thesis entitled: “Exorcising Demons: Bush Mama and the Possessed Body” was awarded the Robert T. Crossley Prize for its innovative exploration of the relationship between exorcism and radical Black consciousness. Using film and aesthetics to locate a revolutionary Black politic, Sterling has presented at conferences such as the Northeast Modern Language Association and taught seminars at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Her upcoming work, “We Got a Right to Be Mad: The Mad Black Woman & Revolutionary Film Consciousness” is set for publishing in a 2021 edited collection with Vernon Press. Sterling resides in Cambridge, MA where she is more than likely listening to Erykah Badu on vinyl and contemplating the poetics of a new Black revolutionary consciousness.
Executive Director, MA Black & Latino Legislative Caucus - Commonwealth of Massachusetts