Council Member Donald Terry was elected to the City Council in 2012 and reelected in November 2016.  He served as Mayor in 2017 and as Vice Mayor in 2016.

Contact Information

Phone 916-851-8700
Address 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova CA 95670

Represents the City

  • National League of Cities 2019 Community and Economic Development Committee
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Building Industry Association Subcommittee
  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District 2x2*
  • Sacramento City Unified School District 2x2*
  • Elk Grove Unified School District 2x2*
  • Sacramento Metro Cable Commission Ex-Officio


Prior to serving on the Council, Donald represented Rancho Cordova on the Sacramento City Unified School District Board from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, he worked with parents, families, and neighborhood leaders in stopping the closure of A.M. Winn Elementary in the Rancho Cordova neighborhood of Lincoln Village. A.M. Winn has transformed into a K-8 Waldorf-inspired school that feeds into George Washington Carver High School and is the nation’s first public K-12 Waldorf program in one neighborhood.

In 2014, Donald led the campaign to support the passage of Measure H, a ½ cent local sales tax measure anticipated to raise an additional $7 million per year. The fund supports community priorities that improve community pride, civic engagement, public safety, arts and culture, and children and youth.

Donald is a dedicated community volunteer and has donated his time, talent, and expertise to support various organizations in the region including:

  • Former Board President NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center
  • Regional Advisory Committee Member of UC Davis Center for Regional Change
  • Former Business Advisory Council, CSU Sacramento School of Business
  • Advisory Board Member, Sacramento Regional Development Corp.
  • Former Financial Education Chair, Bank On Sacramento

In addition to the organizations listed above, Donald has a particular interest in mentoring youth. He was a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Sacramento area for eight years. He mentored a young man who graduated from high school in 2012. He also served as a Board Member for BBBS and Board Chair in 2010. To further show his passion and dedication to the organization, Donald camped out on the IMAX marquee in downtown Sacramento and vowed not to come down until 100 men signed up to be big brothers; it took over 24 hours to accomplish the goal.

When not serving the constituents of Rancho Cordova, Donald serves as the Director of Real Estate Development for NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region where he oversees single-family for sale affordable housing development in an 11 county region in Northern California. In addition, he manages the organization’s in-house realty services team and the Community Housing Services Department that contracts with multiple cities and counties to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, and CalHome programs.

He earned a B.A. degree from UC Davis where he majored in political science with a minor in community relations. Donald married his wife Angela in 2009, and they have two sons, Keaton, five-years-old, and Holden, one-year-old.

*2x2: One or two Council members are appointed by the Mayor (therefore, not constituting a quorum) to meet with one or two board members from a partner agency for the purpose of building relationships and holding general discussions regarding projects of mutual interest.