Damon was elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in 2013. His current committee assignments include the following:
- Carrboro Planning Board liaison
- Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) Board
- Chapel Hill Public Transit Committee (“Transit Partners Committee”)
- North-South Corridor Study Policy Committee
- Carrboro Safe Routes to School Implementation Committee liaison
- Family Success Alliance Advisory Council
- Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Leadership and Executive Teams
- Jones Ferry Road Mural Project liaison
Before joining the Board of Aldermen, Damon had several years of experience in town and county government. He was twice elected chair of the Carrboro Planning Board, making recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on development and land use policy throughout the community. He also served on the town’s Greenways Commission.
Damon previously represented Carrboro as the chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, advising the county’s Board of Commissioners on social justice considerations in such wide-ranging issues as fair housing, emergency preparedness and response, civil liberties, employment benefits, and marriage equality. He attended the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Fair Housing Training Academy Orientation in Washington, DC, with county staff in 2004, and he represented the commission at the North Carolina LGBT Statewide Leadership Summit in Greensboro in 2005.
In other volunteer work, Damon serves on the board of directors of the Carolina Abortion Fund, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that provides grants to low-income patients in North Carolina who have chosen to have an abortion but cannot afford the whole cost. Damon has served on the Weaver Street Market elections committee, and he is a former editor of OrangePolitics, an award-winning multi-author blog that provides space for community members to engage in discussion and offer progressive perspectives on local and regional issues.
In his professional life, Damon works in the medical school at Duke University, where he manages a team of health services researchers who study the quality, costs, and ethics of health care delivery. He has coauthored papers on medical decision making, conflicts of interest in clinical research, and racial, ethnic, and gender differences in access to health care.
As a volunteer in the Duke community, Damon is a longtime leader of the Duke LGBT Task Force, which works closely with students, employees, alumni/ae, and administrators to promote equality and inclusion for gender and sexual minority communities on campus and in the health system. He received the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity in 2006, and he received the Outstanding Staff Award from the Center for LGBT Life (now the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity) in 2008.
A native of Texas, Damon was born in the Rio Grande Valley and grew up in Austin. He went to college and graduate school in Washington, DC, before moving to Carrboro.