Plate to Politics Podcast: Jenna Wadsworth, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor


This episode features Jenna Wadsworth, a Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor from Wake County, North Carolina.

Jenna was born in Raleigh, but she grew up off a dirt road on her grandparents' farm in Johnston County which raised corn, soybeans, tobacco, cattle, and hogs. She proudly graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Durham in 2007. In December 2011, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with majors in Political Science—with a concentration in American Politics—and Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in English.

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 talks about the power of mentorship and her mentor Danielle Adams, how she advocates for social justice as a SWCD supervisor, and how her approach to campaigning became more sophisticated over nearly a decade career in political office.

To learn more about the role of Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners and Supervisors generally, listen to our episode featuring Alisha Bower.

The information presented in this podcast is for informational purposes only, and does not represent an endorsement of any particular candidate or of the Plate to Politics program.

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The theme music for our podcast is Song for Riemann by Expendable Friend.

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