About Sally

Chapel Hill Town Council member Sally Greene brings a background in journalism, the humanities, and the law to her work as a policymaker. Serving her third term, she has succeeded in such goals as the creation of an inclusionary housing ordinance and a countywide partnership to end homelessness. She has also demonstrated leadership in negotiating a signature downtown revitalization project (140 West Franklin), investing in a critically at-risk urban neighborhood (Northside), increasing the county funding for the Chapel Hill Public Library, and promoting neighborhood and historic preservation as key elements in the vitality of the entire community.

Since her first election to the Council in 2003, Sally has developed skills of coalition-building and problem-solving, working across cultural and organizational lines to achieve goals that advance community interests. Her effectiveness is built upon a strong background in research, analysis, and writing. She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sally works as an associate attorney at BalBrenner, P.C. Before joining the Council, she worked for a trial law firm in Raleigh, contributing to strategy and writing briefs in cases of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, civil rights, and land use. Her academic publications include an edited collection of critical essays on Virginia Woolf as well as a host of essays in literary, historical, and legal journals.

Sally’s early career was spent at Electronic Data Systems, now HP, in Washington, D.C. As an associate general counsel, she negotiated and litigated disputes arising out of the company’s contracts with government agencies.

She is married to Paul Jones, a clinical professor in the schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Their son Tucker Jones, a program assistant at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., credits the Model UN program at Carrboro High with inspiring him to set his sights on a career in foreign policy.

Tucker, Sally and Paul at the Arboretum on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus // photos by Michael Czeiszperger