Meet our DMO of the Month:
We found Jil Littlejohn on Twitter. You can find her @jillittlejohn, and we would like to find you on Twitter also. Follow us @NationalDMO, and let us know to follow you. We "Re-Tweet" DMOs to show the world the wide range of issues our members address on a daily basis, and to provide you with a place to keep up with your colleagues, and find new ones.
Jil Littlejohn drew our attention for the commitment she has to her community, and for the way she opts to use social media, integrating personal tidbits with items of community interest. With nearly 1000 followers in a district of less than 15,000, she's doing something right. Council Member Littlejohn represents one of four districts in Greenville, a city of 58,409 (Population is up 4.3%). Two additional Council Members and the Mayor are elected At-Large.
Council Member Littlejohn has a dynamic biography, and is viewed by some as a rising star in South Carolina politics.
Jil has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University in Greenville and a Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Jil is fluent in Spanish and studied Japanese. Born and raised in inner-city Atlanta, Georgia, Jil's love of Greenville convinced her parents – Leroy and Jimetta Littlejohn – and her oldest brother to make Greenville their home as well. She is the Executive Director for the YWCA.
Jil has been recognized by Greenville's Best & Brightest Under 35 in 2005, Greenville Link Magazine's Top 50 in 2006, and Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Finalist in 2008. Jil has participated in Diversity Leadership Academy, Leadership Greenville, Connections: Women's Leadership Program, and the Women's Campaign School at Yale University.
She serves as the Southern Regional Vice President for the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), Urban League of the Upstate Board, Greenville Chamber of Commerce – Board of Regents & Board of Governors, Southeastern Institute on Women in Politics, and Vice Chair for the United Way African-American Leadership Council. Jil is also involved with PULSE, United Way, MLK Dream Weekend, Greenville Forward and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Recently re-elected, in South Carolina Jil Littlejohn is notable simply for being a woman in elected politics. The Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics tells us:
- South Carolina ranks 50th - last - in the nation in terms of women in public office. In the 2007-2008 Legislature, there were two women State Senators and 13 women members of the House of Representatives, meaning just 8.8% of the Legislature was female. There are currently no women serving in the South Carolina Senate and only 17 serving in the House, which has 124 members–for a total of 10 percent representation in both bodies
- Only one woman, Elizabeth Patterson (D), has ever been elected to Congress in her own right. She served in the US House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993.
- Only three women in South Carolina history have been elected to statewide office: Lt. Governor Nancy Stevenson (1979-1982), Superintendent of Education Barbara Nielsen (1991-1999), and Superintendent of Education Inez Tennebaum (1999-2007).