Penny Rich for County Commissioner

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Penny owns her own personal chef and catering company. She teaches cooking and healthy eating to children and works with local chefs testing recipes and developing menus.  She was raised in New York City, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art at Pratt Institute and a Masters of Arts in Communication Technology at New York University. She lived in Ft. Lauderdale and New Orleans before moving to Chapel Hill with her family in 1998. She now lives in Carrboro.

Penny has two sons, Mikko who graduated Appalachian State class of 2016. He is now working on his MPH at George Washington University and teaches young children how to move and live an active lifestyle. Brody is a senior at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro studying film and communications. He will graduate spring 2020. Penny’s mother, Jacky Rich also resides with the family.

Penny Rich has been a County Commissioner since 2012, where has served on the following committees and boards:

  • Orange County Visitors Bureau: Board of Directors
  • Triangle Council of Governments
  • NACo – Nation Association of County Commissioners
  • The Community Home Trust: Board of Directors
  • Swag – Solid Waste Advisory Group
  • Intergovernmental Parks Workgroup
  • Orange, Durham, Chapel Hill Workgroup
  • Chatham Orange Joint Planning Task Force
  • Historic Rogers Road Task Force
  • Communications Task Force/Strategic Plan
  • Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Legislative Issues Workgroup
  • Upper Neuse River Basin Association
  • NCDOT – Orange County Workgroup
  • School Collaboration
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce “Big Ideas” Initiative
  • Rural Broadband Workgroup
  • Orange County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

Penny Rich is a former member of the Chapel Hill Town Council, 2009-2011, where she served on the following committees and boards:

  • Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission: Public Art Review Committee for 140 West
  • Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission: Public Art Review Committee for Superstreet Project
  • Community Design Commission
  • Council Committee: Orange Water and Sewer Authority (Interview Committee)
  • Council Committee: Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
  • Justice in Action Committee
  • Mayor’s Committee: Campaign Public Financing
  • Mayor’s Committee: Council Communication
  • Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness
  • Historic Rogers Road Task Force

Penny Rich is a former member of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors, 2001-2007, where she served on the following committees and boards:

  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary of the Board
  • Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee
  • Chairperson Natural Resources Committee
  • Served on the Community Outreach Committee
  • Water Conservation Task Force
  • Art Committee
  • Property Committee

Leadership Enrichment

  • Advanced Leadership Corp, UNC School of Government, Awarded Ambassador Status
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution, Dispute Settlement Center
  • Managing Conflict, UNC School of Government
  • Development Finance Toolbox, UNC School of Government
  • Essentials of County Government, UNC School of Government
  • Essentials of Municipal Government, UNC School of Government
  • Kenan Mentor Board of Directors
  • WEpower Board of Directors

Other Civic involvement:

  • Active Volunteer for the Inter-Faith Council’s Community Kitchen
  • Chairperson for the Neighborhood Impact Committee
  • Former member of Carrboro Elementary School, Smith Middle School, and Chapel Hill High PTA
  • Former Member of the Chapel Hill Technology Advisory Committee
  • Former President of the Chapel of the Cross Pre-School Board of Directors
  • Former Fundraising Chairperson for the Chapel of the Cross Pre-School
  • Served on the SGC at Seawell Elementary School

Membership:

  • Orange County Democratic Party
  • Lillian’s List
  • State Executive Committee, North Carolina Democratic Party
  • League of Women Voters
  • Chapel Hill Carrboro NAACP
  • Sierra Club – NC/Orange Chatham