Mark Jerrell is a long-time resident of Mecklenburg County, serving his second term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. His wife Whitney and two daughters, who he refers to as his “pride” and “joy”, have been the primary source of inspiration behind his public service efforts.
Mark was raised by a single mother who is responsible for instilling in him the values of faith, family, and service. Although serving in his first elected office, he is not new to the political process and is the former campaign manager for a myriad of elected officials to include, Judicial, City Council, County Commission and Congressional candidates.
Mark is committed to building bridges and breaking down barriers and ensuring that resources are accessible for our most vulnerable citizens. He is passionate about issues of equity, education, affordable housing, access to social services, environment, connectivity via our greenways and ensuring that we have relevant programming for all residents. He is also focused ensuring that minority-owned small businesses, seniors, single parents and families and students have the resources needed to experience a high quality of life.
Mark is a proud veteran, having served in the United States Army Reserve and the North Carolina Army National Guard. He is a former Executive Committee member of the Black Political Caucus where he served as Chair of the Get out the Vote and Legislative committees and Co-Chair of the Economic Development committee. He was instrumental in the development of a scorecard to ensure accountability among local elected officials. He is also an active member of his church, Weeping Willow AME Zion, where he serves as a trustee.
Professionally, he has worked for several fortune 500 companies as an Operations Manager and currently runs a Speech Therapy company with his sister. They have 2 locations and serve 21 counties throughout North Carolina. Mark holds Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an M.B.A.