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Jennifer Roberts was the 58th Mayor of Charlotte and has been a champion of issues related to education, the environment, equality and inclusion. She is the only person to be elected to serve as both Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission and later as Mayor of Charlotte.
Roberts has been a life-long advocate for clean air and water and for environmental justice. While Chair of the Mecklenburg County Commission, she championed a Park and Rec Master Plan, supported energy reduction and conservation in County operations, and headed a Clean Air Works initiative to reduce carbon emissions in area businesses and in County operations. As Mayor, she signed the Mayor’s Climate Pledge, joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and introduced a 100% Clean Energy Resolution for the City of Charlotte. She has worked as a diplomat for the State Department, an international banker, an adjunct professor at UNC-Charlotte, and a high school math teacher. She currently serves on numerous community boards and commissions.
Roberts is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award. the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Public Policy Leader of the Year award, and Equality North Carolina’s Ally of the Year. She received a B.A. with highest honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In her current role as Director of the Communities Program at ecoAmerica, Roberts works with cities around the country to engage their citizens in climate solutions, action and advocacy.