After taking office as Mayor of Orange County in November 2010, Teresa Jacobs quickly became known as a champion of ethics reform and a strong advocate for public participation in the governmental process. Jacobs immediately established a set of core values for county employees: professionalism, integrity, strong work ethic, innovation, fairness and accountability.
As Mayor, Teresa Jacobs remains focused on maintaining Orange County’s reputation as the world’s #1 tourism destination while expanding the brand to encompass the region’s emerging reputation in high tech, digital media and medical research. Mayor Jacobs wants the world to know that Orange County is the best place to live, learn, work, do business and raise a family. She is a staunch advocate for citizen involvement, for broadening our innovation-driven economy by partnering with UCF and other institutions of higher learning, and for leading far-reaching sustainability efforts to ensure that Orange County’s future will be healthy and prosperous.
Before winning the Mayor’s race, Jacobs served two terms as an Orange County Commissioner from 2000 to 2008. Prior to holding public office, Jacobs was President of the Orange County Homeowners Association Alliance, an organization that represented approximately 100 neighborhoods. She also enjoyed a successful nine-year career in banking.
Mayor Jacobs is a cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in economics.