Jerred Price has served for two years as the president of Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA): a non-profit organization that aims to promote quality life in Downtown Memphis. In a recent post on his Facebook (@jerredprice), Price expressed his delight at receiving an official resolution in his honor at the end of his serving period. He writes, “Tonight was very special to me. I was surprised by Commissioner Mickell Lowery (who also is a past president of DNA) with an official resolution in my honor from the Shelby Co. Board of Commissioners.”
DNA has played a vital role in shaping the downtown neighborhood into what it is today. Price expresses his gratitude to the leaders before him who originated the ideologies upon which DNA is formed. Since the start of his presidency in 2020, DNA has grown in size from having 67 members to more than 500. It is now the largest organization in Downtown Memphis.
Price has also previously served the public when he was appointed as Commissioner for the City of Memphis’ Memphis City Beautiful by Mayor Jim Strickland in 2018. He perpetually works for a number of other organizations, including Friends for Life, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Mystic Krewe of Pegasus, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and Memphis Medical District Collaborative.
Price is also an LGBTQ ally. In 2020, he became an approved member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board. Victory Fund helps LGBTQ candidates run for office and attempts to minimize the impact of discrimination on their chance of winning. The organization has helped hundreds of openly LGBTQ candidates win their races. Price believes that the most effective way to eradicate prejudice in the US is by giving proportionate power to the LGBTQ community. By helping openly LGBTQ candidates in their race, the Victory fund indirectly helps elect people that actively fight against biases and prejudices based not only on gender and sexuality but also on ethnicity, country of origin, age, etc. Working for Victory Fund, Price has had the pleasure of getting to meet some of the most influential activists in the LGBTQ community.
Price is more widely recognized for his music career. He’s the lead vocalist and pianist of the world’s most popular Elton John tribute band called “Almost Elton John and the RocketMen.” He himself plays the role of Sir Elton John as “Almost Elton John.”