Jennifer Watson Roberts is a Democrat at large who has been re-elected to her fourth term on the Board.
She serves on numerous boards and advisory groups in the region, including the Governor’s Crime Commission, the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Council, the NC Association of County Commissioners, the Centralina Council of Governments, the Charlotte Chamber, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Girls Scouts Hornets Nest Council, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, and the Women’s Commission. She also chairs the Metropolitan Transit Commission. Roberts has been Director of the Mayor’s International Cabinet, a lending officer in International Corporate Banking at First Union, and executive director of the Charlotte World Affairs Council. She has also taught courses in international politics and economics at UNC-Charlotte. She speaks Spanish, French, and some Italian.
She is a native of Charlotte and a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, and also holds two Masters Degrees in international affairs, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and from the University of Toronto. She worked as a diplomat for three and a half years with the US Department of State, serving in the Dominican Republic as a consular officer and then as a political officer on the Mexico Desk in Washington before returning to Charlotte in 1993 with her husband.
Roberts has won many community awards, including the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award, the William Friday Fellowship, and the Counselors of Real Estate Creative Thinkers Award. Her main interests cover education, workforce development, job growth, children’s issues, alleviating poverty and homelessness, and environmental protection.
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