Wendy Jacobs, Chair
Phone: (919) 418-3169
4308 Rivermont Rd, Durham, NC 27712
Commissioner Wendy Jacobs is the chair of the Durham Board of County Commissioners. She is currently serving her second term of office having been sworn in again on December 5, 2016. She is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Magna Cum Laude. As a former educator she received her teaching certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught in the Durham and Caswell County Public Schools as well as Carolina Friends School. She most recently worked as a project manager for Unique Places, a conservation real estate company based in Durham.
Prior to elected office, Commissioner Jacobs was chair of the Erwin Area Neighborhood Group and led the campaign to create New Hope Preserve, a 100 acre multi jurisdictional park. She also served as chair of the park master plan committee and six years as a county appointee to the Durham Planning Commission, as well as being an active Durham Public Schools parent volunteer, member of the Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee and other involvements.
She currently serves on many county, regional and state boards and commissions representing Durham County. She is vice chair of the Social Services Board, co-chair of the Durham Directors Group, co-chair of the Triangle J Council of Governments Smart Growth Committee, co-chair of the Transformation in Ten Jobs Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Durham Center for Senior Life. She is also an alternate for the Transportation Advisory Committee as well.
Commissioner Jacobs serves on the Durham Audit Services Oversight Committee, Joint City-County Committee, Durham Chamber of Commerce Board, Joint City County Planning Committee, Triangle Transit Committee, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Violent Crime Roundtable, Gang Reduction Steering Committee, Triangle J Council of Governments Legislative Committee, Triangle J Council of Governments Mayors and Chairs Board, the Workforce Development Board, and the MY VA the State Veterans Affairs Task Force,
She is also committed to the National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Legislative Goals Committee, Environment Steering Committee, Health and Human Resources Steering Committee, P Tech Steering Committee created to explore a public high school in the Research Triangle Park, and the Detention Center/Local Food Task Force which is explores integrating local producers into jail.
She completed the Advanced Leadership Corps offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government in 2014, a course offered to municipal and county elected leaders each year. Additionally, Commissioner Jacobs has achieved master level status in the Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA). The LELA is a partnership with the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Association of County Commissioners, and the NC League of Municipalities offering elected officials the knowledge and skills need to lead and govern their communities.
Commissioner Jacobs is married to Dr. Michael Meredith, a Duke primary care physician. They have three children that are all graduates of Durham Public Schools; Zach, a freshman at the College of William and Mary, Eliza, a senior at Duke University and Caleb, a graduate in material science engineering from North Carolina State University.