February 27, 2018
While it is common to find employees at Community Housing Partners (CHP) who are mission-driven and committed to service, Pattie Cooper-Jones, Property Manager at Parkview Gardens in Farmville, Virginia, is in a league of her own.
In January, Cooper-Jones was elected chairperson of the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors. Though her election is reason enough to celebrate, she’s also the first African American and the first woman to hold this position.
Currently in her third term on the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors, Cooper-Jones previously held the position of vice chair, as well as chair of the county’s finance committee. Cooper-Jones who represents the 801 Farmville District, is also a member of numerous civic and community organizations and previously served as chair of the Prince Edward County Democratic Committee.
Last month, Cooper-Jones was also presented with the Farmville Police Department’s Citizen Appreciation Award for over 30 years of commitment, support, and dedication to helping provide a safe and secure community.
In a recent Shout Out nomination, Serenity Wolf, Senior Property Manager at Kippax Place in Hopewell, Virginia, described Cooper-Jones as “a force that cannot be stopped in Farmville” and someone who “represents herself, Parkview Gardens, and CHP with intelligence, charm, ethics, and a go-getter attitude.”
In 1983, Cooper-Jones moved to Prince Edward County and soon became the Property Manager at Parkview Gardens. CHP performed extensive renovations on the 80-unit property in 2012.
“I feel like this is the place that I was destined to be,” she said in a January interview with the Farmville Herald. “It’s been a long, hard road, but it is truly a blessing to be here in Prince Edward County.”
First elected in 2003, Cooper-Jones took an absence from the board after her first term before returning in 2011 and winning reelection in 2015. She ran on a platform of turning around the school system and bringing economic opportunities to residents and completed the Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program.
Cooper-Jones is an active member of CHP’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, which provides leadership in CHP’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive culture that reflects the communities it serves.