Vice Mayor Jennifer Bowles
Jennifer Bowles was elected to Martinsville City Council on November 4, 2014. She began her first four-year term on January 5, 2015, as a newly elected Council Member and Vice Mayor. She is the youngest person ever elected to City Council, the first African American woman to serve in a leadership position as the Vice Mayor, and along with Mayor Kathy Lawson the first female duo of Mayor and Vice-Mayor in the City’s history.
Bowles is a graduate of Averett University with a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, and a graduate of Martinsville High School with an advanced studies diploma. Bowles is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program and Sorensen’s Political Leaders Program. Bowles currently works at the Danville Police Department as the Public Relations Specialist.
A servant leader for Martinsville, Bowles is involved in various activities:
Fayette Area Historical Initiative Advisory Board Member
Martinsville/Henry County SPCA Board Member
West Piedmont Planning District Commissioner
CEDs Committee Chair for the West Piedmont Planning District Commission
Virginia Association of Planning Districts Commissioner
Virginia Municipal League, Education and Human Development Committee
Virginia First Cities, Martinsville representative
Salvation Army Board member
Governor Ralph Northam's Transition Committee
In her spare time, Bowles enjoys reading, spending time with family, playing with her goddaughters, nephews, and niece, and playing with her dogs, King and Wiggles.
1670 Roundabout Road, Martinsville, VA 24112