Jessie Tower, Member
Jessie Tower is an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. She was raised in Lorain, Ohio and is a 1977 graduate of Clearview High School, and a 1979 graduate of Lorain County Community College (LCCC). While at Clearview she was a member of the Marching Band and the Concert Band. As a child growing up in Lorain, Jessie took piano lessons at the former Driscol Music Company in downtown Lorain, and currently serves as organist for her church. Jessie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. While attending college full-time at LCCC and Cleveland State University, Jessie worked part-time as a salesclerk for Sears, Roebuck & Co. at the Elyria Midway Mall. Jessie is the oldest of ten children and is the daughter of Rev. Peter and Clara Tower.
Jessie has 30 years experience in state government. She started out as an entry-level junior auditor and worked her way up in state government and served in several leadership positions including Chief Auditor, Section Chief, Bureau Chief and Assistant Deputy Director. She retired from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Service on August 31, 2011 with 30 years state service. She currently serves as Director of Tower Educational Learning Center.
Jessie is a member of many professional organizations and serves on various boards in the community including Let’s Get Real, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit Recovery Community Organization whose mission is to provide information, education and resource assistance to families and loved ones in their journey from addiction to recovery, Chairman of the Board of Trustee for Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Parliamentarian for the Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators Inc., and Secretary for the Lorain County Republican Party Central Committee.
Jessie was recently appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and confirmed by the Senate to the Minority Development Financing Advisory Board for a term beginning November 9, 2020 and ending September 30, 2026. The Minority Development Financing Advisory Board assists the Development Services Agency in creating employment opportunities and wealth in the minority business community.
Jessie is thankful to the voters of Lorain for electing her to the Lorain Charter Commission and appreciates the trust and confidence of the voters and is committed to creating a system that will give the people a voice and an opportunity for active participation in the local self-governance of our city.