Jennifer Robinson (District A) first visited Cary in 1986 for Cary Band Day as a member of her northern Virginia high school’s marching band. Having never forgotten the beautiful and friendly town, Jennifer returned in 1995 in search of a great community in which to work and raise a family, and it didn’t take long for Jennifer to regard Cary as “home.”
After moving into Preston Village neighborhood, Jennifer became involved in local land use matters. She led grassroots efforts to advocate for the placement and design of Green Hope Elementary, the construction of Louis Stephens Drive, the widening of Davis Drive, and zoning conditions for several rezoning requests. Her citizen activism led to her being appointed to the Town’s Growth Management Task Force in 1998, followed soon after by her appointment to the Town Council in 1999.
Jennifer believes that a leader must have a vision, be collaborative, act as an ambassador for her community, and possess a strong resolve to get things done. She places a priority on having forward-thinking planning, a conservative budget, environmental stewardship, and excellent infrastructure, services and amenities. And throughout her service to Cary, she has adhered to these tenets in order to maximize her office’s betterment of Cary.
Drawing on her experience as a business analyst, Jennifer researches each issue in depth and is highly regarded for her ability to dissect a complex problem and find resolution among dissenting parties. Jennifer works to improve Cary’s economy as a member of the Town’s Economic Development Committee and the Cary Chamber of Commerce. In addition to tackling many local issues through her involvement on Cary boards and commissions, Jennifer represents our area on several regional boards to address issues that transcend Cary’s borders such as future development and population increases, economic development, transportation, water quality, and environmental protection. She values and enjoys positive, effective relationships with members of local and state governments and works hard to find solutions through vision, leadership, and collaboration.
Over the course of her tenure on the Council, Jennifer has spearheaded many policies, laws, and initiatives that have improved our community, including the Western Wake Regional Library, the A.M. Howard Agriculture Park, Cary’s land banking program, Cary’s multi-use path system, greater focus on urban design for public projects, Carpenter Elementary School, grade separated greenway crossings, joint land use planning with Chatham County, and collector road standards. As the representative for western Cary, she is particularly interested in ensuring that new developments are upheld to high standards and that Cary’s remarkable network of amenities and services are extended to our newer neighborhoods.
Jennifer focuses on protecting the quality of our community with the hope that the work done today will ensure that Cary is a premier place to live for future generations.
Place of Birth: Fairfax, VA
Date of Birth: 1970
Other placed (cities) lived: Charlottesville, VA
Number of Years as Cary Resident: Since 1995
Number of terms served on Town Council (including current): 1999-2001 (first appointed term); 2001-2005 (first elected term); 2005-2009 (second term); 2009-2013 (third term); 2013-2017 (fourth term); 2017 - 2021 (fifth term)
Expiration Date of current term: December 2021
Other political offices and/or appointments held, now or in the past: Growth Management Advisory Panel
Current Employer: SAS
Current Occupation: Software Development
Other occupations or previous employers of interest: Rhone-Poulenc Ag Company, American Management Systems (AMS), Eagle Vision Software Technologies, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Business Systems Solutions
Highest grade completed: Undergraduate
Degree(s) obtained: B.A. in English and Studio Arts
School(s) attended: University of Virginia
Primary areas of study: English, Studio Arts
Number of children: 4
Number of school age children: 3
Church, religious denomination: Crosspointe Church, Christian
Current Party Affiliation: Republican
Current Civic Club Membership(s): Cary Women’s Giving Network (2011 – present; Chair); Cary Chamber of Commerce
Charitable Work: Cary Community Foundation (2005 - 2013) Taylor Cary Family YMCA (Board Member and Captain for We Build People Campaign) (2013 – 2016); NW Cary YMCA Board Member (2016 - present);
Local Boards: Cary Economic Development Committee (2001 – present); Cary Public Art Advisory Board, Liaison (2010 – 2013); Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Board, Liaison (2008 – 2010); Cary Planning and Zoning Board, Liaison (2003 – 2008); Cary Tree Preservation Task Force (2006); Ethics Committee (2003); Cary Growth Management Task Force (1998); Operations Committee (2011 – 2013; Chair); Planning and Development Committee (2000 – 2011); Hotel, Occupancy, Meals and Beverages Tax Committee; NC 55& I-540 Small Area Plan (Alston Avenue)
Regional Boards: Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) – Governing Board (2003 – present), Executive Board (2012 – 2017), Chair (2014 – 2016); GoTriangle Board of Directors (2013 – present), Chair 2015 – 2017; Regional Transportation Alliance – Tri Map Group; Reality Check Regional Growth Study; Cary Chatham Joint Issues Committee, Co-Chair; Joint School Board/Cary Council Working Group; Cary Morrisville Joint Issues Committee; North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) Governing Board (2013 to present), North Carolina League of Municipalities Governing Board President (2020 - 2021), General Government Legislative Action Committee (2014 - 2015), Strategic Plan Committee Chair (2014-2015), Executive Committee (2016 – present), First Vice President (current); National Association of Regional Councils Board Member (2015 – present), International City County Management Association Smart City Advisory Panel (2018 – present).
Current Professional Association Membership: North Carolina Association of Realtors; Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
Awards, Honors, Recognitions
Goodman Fellow – Graduate of Leadership Triangle Regional Class, Scholarship Recipient; Home Builder Association of Raleigh Wake County Outstanding Official of the Year (2009); UNC School of Government Leadership Academy Graduate (2014); Cary Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2014); Cary Magazine Woman of Wake County (2014)