About Jess

(Photo credit: Beth Mann/Chapel Hill Magazine)

Jess Anderson was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council as the leading vote-getter in the 2015 municipal election. She currently serves as Chapel Hill's mayor pro tem, a role to which she was unanimously elected by her council peers during her first term. In 2019, Chapel Hill Magazine named Jess a "Woman of Achievement" for her contributions to our town.

Jess has served on many town boards and commissions, including:

  • Committee on Economic Sustainability
  • Committee on Sustainability, Energy & Environment
  • Historic District Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Mayor’s Committee on Council Communications
  • Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission


A Chapel Hill resident for nearly a decade, Jess holds a Master's in public policy from the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. In addition to her council duties, Jess serves as a senior policy analyst for the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro, where she currently assists communities with improving educational support and services for youth who are experiencing homelessness. She lives in the Colonial Heights precinct with her husband, two children, and a rescue pup, Dexter.