Alderman Lydia Lavelle

Lydia E. Lavelle has been a triangle resident since 1983 and became a Carrboro citizen via the January 2006 annexation. After becoming a resident of Carrboro, she chaired the New Horizons Task Force and she served on the Planning Board. The citizens of Carrboro elected her to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on November 6, 2007 and she was sworn into her position December 4, 2007.  She was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2011.  As a member of the Board, Lydia serves as the liaison to the Town’s Appearance Commission and the Orange County Intergovernmental Parks Work Group.  She is one of the Board’s two representatives to the Transit Partners Committee and is the designated member to the Triangle Advisory Committee of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (TAC-MPO).  Lydia served as the 2010- 2012  chair of the TAC-MPO.  She also is a member of the Orange County/Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.


Lydia was born in Athens, Ohio, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews University, formerly known as St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She earned her master’s degree from North Carolina State University, and worked in the field of parks and recreation administration for several years. She is currently an assistant professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she received her law degree in 1993, and where she teaches seminar courses on “Sexual Identity and the Law” and “State and Local Governmental Law.”  She is a member of various legal associations, including the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, of which she was president from 2004-05.

Community Life & Activities

Lydia and her partner Alicia Stemper live in Fox Meadow and have two children (daughter Riley, a student at Appalachian State University, and son Avery, who attends Chapel Hill High School).She attends the United Church of Chapel Hill. Lydia is a member of the Triangle Land Conservancy, the Friends of Bolin Creek, and the Friends of the Carrboro Library. Lydia enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail; her local hiking spots include Bolin Creek and Duke Forest. Lydia also enjoys biking, jogging, and occasionally squeezing in a workout. She loves to read, and belongs to a book club she started in 2002. She enjoys participating in a fantasy baseball league, watching various sports (her favorite team is the Wolfpack) and misses the days when she still had time to play bridge.

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