I care about you and our city. Let’s work together on affordable housing. Let’s build community. Let’s protect our environment and help everyone thrive.

I’m a passionate educator and environmentalist with expertise in community-driven economic development. I have experience in grassroots organizing and building partnerships across government and the private sector. I am committed to listening to our community and working together to meet the needs of Raleigh.

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Let’s reimagine Raleigh together. I see the potential for a city in which participation of residents is truly inclusive. I see a more balanced future in which we tip the scales in favor of the people and planet.

What do you see?

I am committed to honest and transparent public engagement. If elected to Raleigh City Council, I pledge to serve District D by meaningfully engaging in community conversations and championing your voices.

I care deeply about equity and protecting our environment. City decisions must recognize the voices of the most affected groups: historically marginalized communities and neighbors adjacent to a proposed development, for example. We also must consider impacts to our waterways and green spaces.

I will invest in our most precious capital assets – our people and our environment – so that all of Raleigh can thrive.

Looking forward to meet you!


I’m running to serve District D (southwest Raleigh), shown in blue on the map. District D neighborhoods include Avent Ferry West, Boylan Heights, Forest Park, Village District, Caraleigh, Carolina Pines, Dorothea Dix Park, Glenwood South, Lake Johnson, Meredith College, Method, NC State University, Oberlin Village, Renaissance Park, Tryon, Umstead, University Park, and Westover, among others.

One of the things I love about Raleigh is that our neighbors are from every walk of life. Some families are many generations deep here, bringing important history and wisdom to community conversations. Others are recent immigrants and transplants, sharing knowledge of other places and cultures. My family is similarly diverse. My step-parents are from Taiwan and Guyana, respectively, whereas my parents’ families have roots in southern Ohio and Appalachia. I’m excited to welcome my new sister-in-law Samira to the family. She just finished her Ph.D. at NC State but grew up in India. We have a culturally rich community in District D, and that makes me feel at home.

“Jane does more than lip service on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. She has been a consistent advocate to embed these values in our daily work, and brings needed authenticity to our advisory committee. She compelled our staff to say more, do more, to push.”

-Nicole Wilkinson McIntosh, Former Coordinator, NC Water Resources Research Institute/Raleigh resident


With me, you get an experienced economic and community development leader. You get an educator and environmental scientist. I have a background in natural resource management, data-driven decision-making, and community organizing. I can navigate complex bureaucracies, and I rely on my scientific training to stay curious and open to different points of view. If elected to Raleigh City Council, I’ll work to build consensus and coalitions.

In my professional life, I work as the coastal economics specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant, a NOAA program based at NC State University. I have a Ph.D. in natural resource management and a master’s degree in environmental and development economics.

My career in environmental research and policy has taught me how to tackle wicked problems and find common ground. I regularly collaborate with city planners and elected officials, private businesses, and residents to safeguard natural resources and make smart, long-term investments in infrastructure.

I’m an environmentalist and a proponent of economic growth in the public’s interest. I believe that Raleigh should pursue community development in which all residents are at the decision-making table.

As the co-chair of the West Raleigh CAC (Community Advocacy Council), I stand up for my neighbors. Better decisions are made when we have ample conversation and residents shape our city as it grows.

I support small businesses. I lead development of the NC Oyster Trail, which promotes local, sustainable seafood options. I understand the risks entrepreneurs take to create jobs and will advocate for their needs.

You can count on me to advance common sense, progressive policies. In 2019, I completed a successful campaign to guarantee eight weeks of paid parental leave – benefitting mothers and fathers after the birth or adoption of a child – for 30,000 UNC employees.

I am married to jazz guitarist Doug Sours, who teaches at Guru Guitars on Hillsborough Street (in District D). When COVID-19 isn’t getting in the way, you can find him playing at C. Grace, Irregardless Café, and nursing homes. We have a new pup named Willow who joins us on walks around Lake Johnson and along the greenway. I love to rock climb and am always happy to back you up on belay.

“When Jane commits to an issue, she follows through and gets results. I worked alongside her to secure paid parental leave for University of North Carolina System employees at all 17 campuses.”

-Tracy Dixon, NC State University Paid Parental Leave Task Force Team Member/Raleigh resident


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