Chairwoman Crossley - Legacy

Chairwoman, Jennifer Crossley

In 2021, Jennifer Crossley became the first Black Woman to serve on the Monroe County Council, upon appointment pro tempore by a vacancy caucus in December of 2021. She is a candidate for election to a full term in 2022.

Jennifer Crossley served as the first Black Chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Party. During her tenure, Jennifer focused her efforts on constantly assuring that Black and Brown voices in the community had a "seat at the table" as a first consideration in party, policy and political positions. Jennifer's tenure overlapped with myriad controversies in local government, and she worked to give the party a moral clarity and voice alongside the decision makers that the Democratic Party supported into office. She was a community leader in the protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, working with partners on the "Enough is Enough" rally that saw thousands in our community bear witness and work harder for change in our time.

An innovator, Jennifer worked in coalition with community advocates and activists to support the annual "Power of the Black and Brown Vote" conferences. She rebranded the MCDP annual JJ dinner to center and raise up a local role model. The Fall Judge Viola Taliaferro Dinner, or Fall Taliaferro Dinner began in 2020 under her tenure. Jennifer also led the creation of the Taliaferro Award, given to local Democrats who exemplify the progressive leadership of our first Black Woman as Judge in Monroe County.

Prior to her party service, she was on the steering committee on the Democratic Women’s Caucus in 2018. She also served as the Membership Chair and Vice President of the Monroe County NOW (National Organization for Women) chapter in 2017. She was a class member of the Hoosier Women Forward project in 2020-2021.

Jennifer is active and engaged in her community by volunteering at the Shalom Center, a local shelter to help those experiencing homelessness and poverty.  She also is a part of the Bloomington chapter of Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, Bloomington chapter of the NAACP, and a member of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. 

Jennifer was born and raised in Gary, Indiana.  She graduated with her B.A. in Telecommunications from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2005. Currently, Jennifer resides in Bloomington with her three children and Emmy-Award winning husband, Justin.  Jennifer continues to use her voice and platform to push for more women of color to be involved in the political process; to not only have a seat at the table but to ensure that their voices are heard. Jennifer is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the very same as our first Woman of Color Vice President, Kamala Harris.