Meet Jessica Holmes
In November 2014, Jessica N. Holmes became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history. She has since become the youngest person to ever wield the gavel as Chair after being unanimously elected by her colleagues to lead the board for two terms. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and New York.
Commissioner Holmes has spent the majority of her legal career focusing on labor and employment law and workers’ rights. She is an attorney, county commissioner, and adjunct professor at the NC State University School of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
As a county commissioner, she has successfully led the implementation of several worker-friendly policies including paid parental leave, paid family illness leave, and a fair chance hiring ordinance as well as voting for a living wage for all county employees. She has advised workers across North Carolina in labor and employment matters, has worked alongside the business community to create job opportunities, and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
She has a strong sense of community and is the immediate past chair of the NC Foundation for Public School Children and serves on the board of directors of Wake County Smart Start. She has formerly served on the board of directors of InterAct of Wake County and a Helping Hand, Inc.
Commissioner Holmes is running statewide for NC Commissioner of Labor to uplift the status and respect of working families in North Carolina. She has made history by earning the democratic nomination for Labor Commissioner and would be the first woman of color to ever serve on the North Carolina Council of State.