EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Kambrell Houston Garvin is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is a proud graduate of the Richland One public schools. In 2013 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies and Sociology from Winthrop University; Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2016; and is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law where he is a recipient of The Honorable Matthew J. Perry Scholarship.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Inspired by the example of his grandfather, Rev. Henry McGill Jr., who in the 1970’s broke barriers by becoming the first African American on his local city council, Kambrell organized his first voter registration campaign at the age of 10 and worked on his first political campaign at 12. This desire to make a difference in his community led Kambrell to serve in a variety of capacities as a member of the NAACP ranging from President of the Columbia Youth Council (2007-2009) to President for the S.C. Youth and College Division (2009-2011).
While at Winthrop, Kambrell made history as the first democratically elected Student Body President in a decade (2011-2013) and notably led efforts that registered over 1,000 new student voters leading into the 2012 election cycle, raised concerns about the consequences of the S.C. Voter I.D. Law, and lobbied state lawmakers to make public education a greater priority. By virtue of his role, Kambrell served as the Student Representative to the university’s Board of Trustees and was appointed to serve as the sole student on the Search and Selection Committee which named candidates for the 10th Winthrop University president in 2013.
After college, Kambrell continued his service to South Carolina upon joining Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to building the movement to eliminate educational inequity by engaging recent college graduates and professionals in teaching. He proudly served as a 6th grade science teacher at Colleton County Middle School in Walterboro, SC for 3 years. While teaching, Garvin spearheaded the first ever 6th grade overnight field trip, science fair and was actively engaged in the school and local community. Currently, Kambrell serves as a law clerk at Boykin and Davis, LLC.
Recognitions & Awards
Kambrell is a member of the 2017 S.C. Black Pages “Top 20 Under 40” class, was featured on the cover of IMARA as “two for the future” (2009), awarded the Richland County Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Altruistic Leadership Award (2009), the NAACP Medgar Wiley Evers Award (2011), and over the years has received numerous other recognitions and honors for his steadfast commitment and dedication to community and civic engagement.
Kambrell is a member of the First Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia Branch NAACP, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., SC Education Association (2013-2016), and regularly attends the First John Baptist Church with his family. Garvin is the son of Dr. Sonji Garvin Baxter, Pastor John K. Baxter, and Reginald S. Garvin, Sr. He is married to his college sweetheart, Monique Patton Garvin and the couple resides in Northeast Columbia, SC.