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Council Member Jessica Anderson

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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 391-0118

Twitter: @Jess4Council

Term of Service

2019-2023 (2015-2019)


Jessica Anderson was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro Tempore from 2017-2019. Anderson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro where she conducts needs assessments for school districts in North Carolina and provides technical assistance to communities around the country working to end youth homelessness. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy (concentration in social policy) from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and has spent her professional career immersed in education policy at the national and state levels. 

Anderson has volunteered for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club. Her prior civic engagement experience also includes work in a residential facility for pregnant and parenting teens experiencing homelessness and volunteer work in skilled nursing facilities.

Anderson lives in the Ironwoods neighborhood in Chapel Hill with her husband, Karthik, daughter, Elena, and son, Nico, as well as their rescue dog, Dexter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exercising, and attending local music and cultural events.


  • Council Committee on Boards and Commissions
  • Council Committee on Economic Sustainability
  • Council Committee on Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
  • Council Subcommittee on Amity Station
  • Facilities Naming Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Mayor’s Committee on Council Communications
  • Orange Water and Sewer Authority (Interview Committee)
  • Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission
  • Town Properties Task Force
  • Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board



The primary mission of the Mayor and Council, as the governing body of the Town is to adopt and provide for the execution of ordinances, rules and regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to protect health, life or property, or to promote the comfort, convenience, security, good order, better government, or the general welfare of the Town and its citizens.

The Mayor and eight Council Members constitute the governing body of the Town. In accordance with the Town’s Charter, the voters elect a Mayor every two years. Council Members are elected to four-year, staggered terms on an at-large basis. Town Council duties include:

  • Amendment of previously adopted policies through changes in the Town Code of Ordinances and the Development Ordinance, and by revision of policies and documents.
  • Appointment of advisory boards, commissions, task forces and committees.
  • Appointment of the Town Manager and Town Attorney.
  • Establishment of agreements with other governments.
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