Now, more than ever, we need leadership that is smart, transparent and for the people.
Terri welcomes special guest Jessica Holmes to our chat this week. Jessica is running to become the next North Carolina Commissioner of Labor to continue her advocacy for workers and use her understanding of rural and urban challenges to create training and job opportunities for all North Carolinians.
Jessica was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. As a first-generation college student, her professional and personal goals have focused on creating educational and job opportunities for our state’s most vulnerable citizens. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Jessica has spent the majority of her professional career as a labor and employment law attorney advocating for workers’ rights to fair pay, benefits, and safe working conditions.
In 2014, Jessica became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history. She has served for two years as chair of the Board of Commissioners, as the youngest person ever in the county’s history to wield the gavel. Her colleagues elected her to the role unanimously. She has a track record of supporting job creation as a county commissioner and attracting businesses with diverse talent. Jessica has been successful with these key initiatives that support workforce development: increasing access to early childhood development programs, advocating for increased education funding across North Carolina and development of career and technical programs in high schools, and leading a campaign to provide capital funding for our state’s largest community college system, Wake Technical Community College.
Jessica prioritizes family-oriented policies during her tenure and is responsible for Wake County’s implementation of a paid parental leave policy, a fair chance hiring ordinance, and supporting a living wage policy for county employees and all school personnel.