Jennifer Roberts

City of Charlotte

Jennifer Roberts was raised in Charlotte and now she and her husband, Manley, are raising their 2 children here as well. Roberts attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship and has Masters degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Toronto.
She has worked as a diplomat for the State Department, as an international business woman and as a high school math teacher. She served 4 terms as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner, including 5 years as Chairman. She is only the 2nd woman elected Mayor of Charlotte and is the 1st person to serve as both Chairman of the County Commission and as Mayor.
Roberts is a proud recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award. She was instrumental in creating a public/private partnership to build a new shelter for survivors of domestic violence and recently spearheaded the creation of Charlotte Next, an org. dedicated to improving after school programs for middle school students.