Nate Tinbite

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Nate Tinbite
Nate Tinbite speaking at the National Action Network.jpg
Nate Tinbite at the National Action Network annual breakfast.
Member, Montgomery County Board of Education
In office
2019 – Present
Preceded byAnanya Tadikonda
ConstituencyK-12 Student Body
Personal details
BornMay 9, 2002
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

Nathaniel "Nate" Tinbite (born May 9, 2002) is an American activist and politician, serving as Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education (Maryland).[1][2] Elected in April 2019, Tinbite is the third student board member to serve with full voting rights on the board.

Early life and Education[edit]

Tinbite was born in Montgomery County, Maryland: a suburban county northeast of Washington, D.C. His mother and father immigrated from Ethiopia. Tinbite is a current senior in high school and has one older sibling.

Board of Education[edit]

Tinbite was elected in April 2019 by 53,776 students to serve as the Student Member of the Board of Education[2][3] for the nations 15th largest school district: Montgomery County Public Schools,[4] representing all 164k+ K-12 students. He currently serves on the board's Policy Management[5] and Strategic Planning Committees.[6] The student member has full voting rights, except for negative personnel. The student member of the board has been officiated by the Maryland State Legislature as a publicly elected official. The student member of the board can vote on matters related to collective bargaining, the $1.7 billion dollar capital budget and $2.5 billion dollar operating budget, school closings, re–openings and boundaries. The student member of the board cannot vote on negative personnel actions. The student member of the board is not paid, but receives a $5,000 college scholarship, student service learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.[7]

The student member of the board election process lasts from January to April; in late February, delegations from all secondary schools convene to narrow the candidate pool to two candidates. From February to late April, the remaining two candidates campaign to all 85k+ secondary students at 66 schools.[8] Tinbite based his candidacy on achieving socioeconomic equity among all student groups, expanding mental health resources and improving technology in schools. Also on Tinbite’s agenda is increasing career pathways for students by expanding the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program to all schools. ACES, now available at 14 of the county’s 25 public high schools, provides intervention and support to help low-income students enroll in and complete college. “Every student deserves a quality education, regardless of their ZIP Code or background,” Tinbite said during his installation ceremony. “The voices and stories of our students will ground my priorities in the year to come.”[9]


Nate Tinbite joins his peers Brenna Levitan and Michael Solomon as their colleague Matt Post speaks on the national stage of March for Our Lives.
Nate Tinbite campaigning for the Student Member of the Board of Education position in Montgomery County.

Tinbite previously served as the President of the Montgomery County Student Government Association from 2018-2019,[10] leading the district’s 163,000 students to fight for English Language Learner program funding and frank classroom discussions of implicit bias. As President, Tinbite received the MLK Day Youth Award by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network alongside honorees Michael Bloomberg, Vice President Joe Biden, and Martin Luther King Jr. III.[11][12][13] In his role, Tinbite co-led a voter registration drive with 2018-2019 Montgomery County Students for Change co-President Michael Solomon at 26 high schools over a 4-week period: registering 1k+ students, drafted and lobbied statewide voter registration bills,[14][15] and hosted forums with local elected officials.[16][17]

Tinbite also served as a founding member of Montgomery County Students for Change.[18] Montgomery County Student for Change, in 2018 and 2019 mobilized over five thousands students in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area to protest gun violence at the U.S. Capitol.[19][20][21] In 2018, Tinbite, Matt Post, Michael Solomon, and Brenna Levitan were on the national stage of March for Our Lives as Post delivered a speech.[22][23] Tinbite, in 2018, also got arrested at the U.S. Capitol for civil disobedience, calling on then, Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump to put an end to the child separation policy at the U.S. Mexico Boarder.[24] Tinbite's livestream on NowThis News received over 600k views.[25] He has delivered speeches with advocacy organization MoveOn, been featured on the front cover of Time Magazine in the "Guns in America" issue,[26] and has worked with numerous national organizations.

Election results[edit]

General Election, Student Member - Montgomery County Board of Education[27]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nathaniel Tinbite 53,776 74% Won
Zoe Tishaev 18,998 26% Lost

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Board of Education - Members - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  2. ^ a b "Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  3. ^ "Tinbite Elected Next Student School Board Member". Bethesda Magazine. 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  4. ^ "2019 Largest School Districts in America". Niche. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ "Board of Education - Policy Management Committee - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  6. ^ "Board of Education - Strategic Planning Committee - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  7. ^ "Student Leadership - Student Member of the Board of Education - Montgomery County Public Schools, MD". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  8. ^ "School Notes: 13 Announce Candidacy For Student School Board Member". Bethesda Magazine. 2019-01-25. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  9. ^ "Tinbite Sworn in as Student School Board Member". Bethesda Magazine. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  10. ^ "MoCo Council's Black History Month Commemoration Held On Feb. 26". Rockville, MD Patch. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  11. ^ "» Updated Schedule: Rev. Sharpton to Host Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Martin Luther King III, & Actor Hill Harper for King Day Breakfast in Washington". Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  12. ^ Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake; Lippman, Daniel. "POLITICO Playbook: Republicans try to address fundraising woes, and a new Pelosi book". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  13. ^ "National Action Network Annual MLK Breakfast |". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  14. ^ "Montgomery County Delegation Receives Wish List". Bethesda Magazine. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  15. ^ Voter Registration Testimony, retrieved 2019-08-01
  16. ^ Jawando, Will (2018-12-14). "I'm very proud of all the work you and your classmates are doing. You are changing the world!". @willjawando. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  17. ^ @NateTinbite (2018-10-24). ".@MCRSGA hosted its first assembly of a few hundred students from all @MCPS High Schools We've registered thousands students to vote & now we're making sure that they turnout to vote. Thank you Senator @ChrisVanHollen for speaking to the students on the importance of voting!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-08-01 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Here's why we—America's youth—will prevail in the fight for gun safety -". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  19. ^ "Roll Call - Covering Capitol Hill Since 1955". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  20. ^ "Teenagers will lead the charge and demand change at anti-gun violence March for Our Lives". PBS NewsHour. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  21. ^ March 14, Tim Hains On Date; 2018. "Student At Gun Protest: Thinking About Getting Shot At Any Moment Is "An American Thought"". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  22. ^ "Montgomery County Student Member of the Board Matt Post addresses crowd at March For Our Lives". FOX 5 DC. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  23. ^ Matt Post Speaks at March For Our Lives - "Stand Up, Speak Up, Register to Vote", retrieved 2019-08-01
  24. ^ Delk, Josh (2018-05-19). "Students arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan's office". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  25. ^ High school students were arrested... - NowThis Politics, retrieved 2019-08-01
  26. ^ "Guns in America". Time. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  27. ^ "Nathaniel Tinbite elected next Student Member of the Board".