Jenna Wadsworth

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture

Game Changer

Jenna will be the first openly LGBTQ Constitutional Officer elected in North Carolina


Jenna Wadsworth grew up off a dirt road in Johnston County, North Carolina, on her grandparents’ farm which raised corn, cotton, soybeans, tobacco, cattle, chickens, and hogs. She is a graduate of both the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and North Carolina State University.

In November 2010—at the age of 21—Jenna made history with her election to a four-year term on the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors by becoming the youngest woman ever elected to public office in North Carolina. Jenna was re-elected in 2014 and 2018, becoming Vice-Chair in 2015.

As a Supervisor, Jenna has supported family farmers—especially in the face of mounting development pressures—and has conserved the county’s natural resources. With her leadership, the District secured its first conservation easement.

Jenna is the Co-Founder of progressive nonprofit New Leaders Council–NC. She serves on the NCSSM Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, is an active member of both the Young Elected Officials Network and Local Progress, and she speaks to international delegations for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program and US AID. Recently, she was appointed to the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Jenna is running statewide for North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in 2020. If elected, she would be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Council of State.

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