|Chairman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners |
Charlotte J. Nash
Charlotte J. Nash was elected Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in a special election on March 15, 2011, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. 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, which she currently chairs. She serves on the Board of Managers for ACCG, Georgia’s county government association, having led the organization as President in 2015 – 2016. Charlotte was recently appointed by the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives to the board of the ATL (Atlanta Transit Link), the new regional transit authority.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named her one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans annually beginning in 2011. In addition, Georgia Trend has included her as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians annually since 2013.
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 46 years and have two grown children and two granddaughters.
District 1 Commissioner
Jace Brooks was first elected to the Gwinnett County 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 and was re-elected for a second four-year term in 2016. District 1 includes Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Duluth, and part 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 two decades. Jace served for 10 years on the Suwanee City Council, which included multiple turns as mayor pro tem. He currently serves on the board for the North Gwinnett Schools Foundation and the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jace also serves as Chairman of Gwinnett County’s Internal Audit Committee.
Jace is a business consultant working with companies such as The Table Group and The Packer Consulting Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Louisiana Tech University and two master’s degrees, an MBA from Georgia State University and an MA from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jace and his wife, Kirste, have been married since 1993 and have twin 17-year-old children, Aidan and Ally. He and his family are active members of Gwinnett Church.
Ben Ku was first elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2018. District 2 includes Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, Tucker, and Lilburn.
A Georgia native, Ben is the grandson of Chinese immigrants who moved to Atlanta to help engineer the original MARTA heavy rail system. Ben has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and software development experience. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors and is active in the Mentor Jackets program offering guidance to Georgia Tech students. Ben has served as president of his homeowners’ association where he helped to re-engage the neighborhood, improve its website and communications, and build cash reserves.
In 2016, Ben participated in the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, which sparked his interest in County government. He helped create and then served on the Gwinnett 101 Alumni Advisory Board. He received the Gwinnett 101 Alumni Distinguished Service Award for Most Volunteered Hours in 2017.
Ben lives by Lucky Shoals Park in Tucker with his cat and two Dachshunds, Oliver and Dodger.
|District 3 Commissioner |
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.
Marlene M. Fosque was first elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat in November 2018. District 4 covers Lawrenceville, Buford, and Rest Haven as well as parts of Braselton and Sugar Hill.
Marlene moved to Georgia from North Carolina in 2002 and settled in Lawrenceville in 2003. Fosque retired from Aetna Inc. in 2017 after 20 years in the health insurance industry.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Shorter University and a Master of Public Administration with Pi Alpha Alpha from Regent University. She previously served as an elections poll manager and completed Community Emergency Response Team training in 2015.
Fosque has a son who is currently serving in the Air Force.