Svante Myrick represents the Fourth Ward, the City of Ithaca’s East Hill area. The most diverse and densely populated ward in the city, its residents reside in the Collegetown commercial district, Cornell’s West Campus residences, and the beautiful and historic neighborhoods of East Hill.
Svante is a passionate youth advocate and, in 2008, his first year in office, Svante chaired the committee to create the Ithaca Youth Council. In 2008 he also chaired the Collegetown Vision Implementation Committee, which led to the creation and endorsement of a master plan for promoting development while still preserving neighborhoods in Collegetown.
Raised by a single mother along with his three siblings, Svante saw hard work modeled from a young age. Working multiple jobs, his mother’s tenacious spirit and commitment allowed her children the comfort and security necessary for them to succeed.
Svante attended Cornell University where he studied Communication. He was a three-year board member for REACH (Raising Education Attainment Challenge), where he tutored underserved young people in Ithaca for eight semesters and wrote editorials for the Cornell Daily Sun. Svante worked numerous jobs to help pay his way through college and was also inducted into a number of honor societies.
Since graduating, Svante has continued working with the youth of Ithaca as an apprenticeship coordinator with The Learning Web in Ithaca.
Svante also served as the Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Programs for Cornell University before resigning his position to run for Mayor.
In his spare time, Svante enjoys speaking to youth groups around the state about achievement, civic engagement and community building. He is also an avid reader and sports enthusiast who follows the Giants, Yankees and (with no small amount of exasperation) the New York Knicks.