Wendy Jacobs, Commissioner
Phone: (919) 418-3169
4308 Rivermont Rd, Durham, NC 27712
Commissioner Wendy Jacobs 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 Chair of the Joint City County Planning Committee, Vice Chair of the Social Services Board, Co Chair of the Triangle J Council of Governments Smart Growth Committee, Co Chair of the Mayor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative Jobs Task Force, Co Chair of the Durham Directors Group, member of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Board of Directors and recently appointed member of the National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee. She is Chair of the North Carolina Association of Counties Environmental Steering Committee and is a member of the Health and Human Services Steering Committee.
Commissioner Jacobs also serves on additional boards and commissions including; the Durham Stadium Authority, the Animal Control Board, the Library Board of Trustees, The Farmland Protection Board, the Workforce Development Board, the Board of Trustees of the Durham Center for Senior Life and as a delegate to the Triangle J Council of Governments. She is also a member of the Durham Sports Commission Advisory Committee Task Force.
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.