Charlena was born and raised on Virginia's Eastern Shore. She is a mother,
grandmother, businesswoman, author, school board member, and servant leader
residing in Northampton County. Charlena’s Christian faith has been central in her life.
She has devoted her time to representing and serving her community.
Charlena has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and General Management
with a minor in Human Services. She is also a Qualified Mental Health Professional
(QMHP) who has served people with serious mental health conditions for almost 20
Charlena Jones is a candidate whose life experiences, dedication, and passion for the
community’s welfare make her an exceptional choice for House of Delegates District
100. With her at the helm, you will be represented by someone who truly understands
your needs and is committed to making a difference.
She was the first African American to
chair the Northampton County
School Board. She successfully
secured policies to fairly compensate
teachers for their years of
experience and advocated for
support staff pay raises sooner than
the state’s 2024 minimum wage
As school board chairwoman,
Charlena initiated the strategic
planning for the TECH Center
(QUEST), an alternative education
program, which transitioned from a
punitive to a restorative approach.
As a member of the Northampton
County Education Foundation, Charlena
successfully co-founded an ad hoc
committee of Northampton High School
Alumni which secured hotspots and
funds to support the students' remote
education during COVID-19 pandemic.
As PTA President at Kiptopeke
Elementary School, Charlena
changed the PTA’s focus from
fundraising to legislative advocacy
which earned the PTA recognition as
a PTA Recognized School of
As co-chair of the Eastern Shore
Healthy Communities Poverty
Workgroup, Charlena supported
solutions to lift community members
out of poverty.
As a member of the House
of Delegates, Charlena will
listen to, advocate for, and
help you find solutions to
your most pressing
As member of the Eastern Shore
Healthy Community Trauma-Informed
Workgroup, Charlena helped
organizations understand trauma and
supported creating resilient and
As president of parent engagement
initiatives with the Head Start program
in Northampton County, Charlena
raised funds so every child could
attend an all-day, free of charge field
trip, relieving the financial burden on
low income families.
I believe that students should be career ready by the time of graduation.
There are government mandates that require funding, but funding isn't provided and we (School Boards) call them unfunded mandates.
Rural localities are challenged with meeting various aspects in education even with the financial support of local government.
I believe that more funding should be allocated to our local government for schools to help ensure equity in education.
Provide living wages to school, hospital,
and nursing home cafeteria workers,
bus drivers, custodians, teachers’ aides,
and nursing assistants. Everyone
deserves to be able to support their
families. No one should have to decide
time with their families
As a School Board member my eyes were open to the large stack of contracts that were declined by new teachers.
Why? Because there was no place to live or they couldn't afford what was available.
The working professionals deserve housing affordable for them, not systemic systems.
We deserve to live in communities that don't make us sick.
I believe that environmental decisions should be human centric.
I believe there are cases when abortion is healthcare.
However, a woman's right to give birth is between her, her health care provider & God.
My personals beliefs are my own, based on my relationship with Christ. However, I do not force my beliefs on any one.
Nonetheless, I believe that everyone, regardless of their lifestyle should be treated with dignity and respect.