Charlotte J. Nash was elected Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in a special election on March 15, 2011. In 2012, she was re-elected without opposition. Prior to running for office, she was president of a consulting firm specializing in governmental and public strategy and management. Charlotte worked for Gwinnett County Government for more than 27 years until she retired in 2004. She served as the County Administrator for nine years and previously held the positions of Director of Financial Services, Budget Director, and Grants Manager.
Charlotte has also been active in numerous civic, business, and service organizations in the community. She served on the Gwinnett Recreation Authority from 2005 until the end of 2010. By virtue of her position as Commission Chairman, she serves as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Board and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Board. She also serves on the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority as an appointee of the Governor. In April 2015, she will be installed as the 2015-2016 President of ACCG, Georgia’s county association.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named her one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans in 2011 through 2015. In addition, Georgia Trend included her as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Charlotte is a Gwinnett County native who has lived her entire life in the Dacula/Harbins community. She graduated with honors from both Dacula High School and the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Charlotte and her husband, Michael, have been married for 42 years and have two grown children and two granddaughters.
Jace Brooks was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in a special election to fill a vacancy in district 1 and took office in September 2012. He then went on to win the general election for a full four-year term that started in January 2013. District 1 includes Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Duluth, and parts of the Collins Hill community.
A Louisiana native, Jace relocated to metro Atlanta in 1994 and made Suwanee his home three years later. He has served in the leadership of Gwinnett and Suwanee government and business affairs for more than a decade. Jace served for 10 years on the Suwanee City Council, which included multiple turns as mayor pro tem. He currently serves on the board of directors for the North Gwinnett Schools Foundation and the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jace is a business consultant working with companies such as GiANT Impact and The Table Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Louisiana Tech University and two master’s degrees, one from Georgia State University and another from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jace and his wife, Kirste, have been married since 1993 and have twin 13-year-old children, Aidan and Ally. He and his family are active members of Gwinnett Church.
Lynette Howard has been a resident of Gwinnett for 28 years. For the last 18 years, Lynette has worked diligently to achieve a balance in development and aesthetics in Gwinnett County:
- Peachtree Station Homeowners Association, 1995-2006
– President; Civic Chair; Entrance Chair
- United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, 1998-2010
– President; Vice-President, VP-Land Use; Board of Directors
- Girl Scout Leader, 2002-2010
- Gwinnett County Planning Commission, 2007-2010
– Negotiating between homeowners groups, developers and attorneys in rezoning issues
- Gwinnett County Planning Advisory Committee, 2006-2009
– Gwinnett County 2030 Unified Plan
- Graduated from Leadership Gwinnett, 2013
- Graduated from Regional Leadership Institute, 2013
- Graduated from ACCG Certified County Commissioners, 2013
- Completed leadership track for ACCG’s Advanced Training, 2014
- Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, 2011-present
– Serving her second 4-year term
Lynette received a BS in chemistry from Georgia State University. She worked for eight years as a research chemist for Puritan Chemical Company. Until her election in November 2010, she was a program developer and specialist at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Lynette lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Pat, and their children, Nathalie and Alex.
Tommy Hunter was elected to the District 3 seat of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in November 2012. He is Vice President, Business Development for an environmental and geotechnical testing firm in Norcross. Before entering the private sector, Tommy worked for Gwinnett County in the Department of Public Utilities (now Water Resources) as DOT Coordinator for eight years.
Tommy previously served on the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority, 2005-2009, and the Planning Commission, 2011-2012. He is a past president of the Stone Ridge Manor Homeowners Association and teaches Sunday school at Harmony Baptist Church in Buford. A native of south Hall County, he graduated from Johnson High School in 1988 and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in 1993. He received his Engineer-in-Training certification in 2003.
Tommy and his wife of 20 years, Judith, have two children, one who attends the University of North Georgia and another who attends Mill Creek High School.
John Heard was elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in November 2010. John has a long history in public service and as a community volunteer:
- Former three-term Georgia State Representative
– Special Appropriations Committee, Past Chairman
– Energy Independence Committee, Past Chairman
- Forest Hills Homeowners Association, Past President
- Lake Lanier Association, Board of Directors
- Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority, Board of Directors (1993 to present)
John grew up on a farm in Lathemtown, Georgia, on the Forsyth-Cherokee County line. He attended Young Harris College and Southern Technical Institute where he received a degree in architectural engineering. He has been a resident of Lawrenceville for over 30 years and is currently a practicing architect who owns his own firm and specializes in designing safe schools, safe hotels, and award-winning offices. John has been married to his wife, Debbie, a Brenau University graduate, for 30 years. They have two daughters: Jill, an attorney, and Leigh, a student at Greater Atlanta Christian School.