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 driven real estate company.
Prior to being elected to office, Commissioner Jacobs was chair of the Erwin Area Neighborhood Group and led the campaign to create Hollow Rock Nature Park, formerly named 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 community 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, vice chair of the Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization and is a member of the GoTriangle Board of Directors. She is also co-chair of the Countywide Taskforce to address substance and medication misuse - Durham Joins Together to Save Lives.
Commissioner Jacobs serves on the Durham Audit Services Oversight Committee, Joint City-County Committee, Joint City-County Planning Committee, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Violent Crime Roundtable, Gang Reduction Steering Committee, Triangle J Council of Governments Mayors and Chairs Roundtable, and is a member of the North Carolina Central University Board of Visitors.
She is also committed to the National Association of Counties Community, Economic and Workforce Committee as well as the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Environment Steering Committee and Health and Human Resources Steering Committee.
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 who are all graduates of Durham Public Schools; Zach, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Eliza, a second year law student at the University of California at Berkeley, and Caleb, a PhD student in material science engineering at Pennsylvania State University.