Dejuana Bigelow was elected to City Council in 2023. She is a Cummings High School graduate. Upon graduation, Ms. Bigelow stayed in Burlington to earn her college degree in business administration while also working full-time. She appreciates the struggles of small business owners and the jobs they create for the local economy. For six years, she owned and operated a women's clothing store near downtown Burlington.
Community service and bringing people together to improve their neighborhoods have always been callings for Councilmember Bigelow. In 2017, She helped bring neighbors together to stop a spike in violence in the Morrowtown area of Burlington. With her guidance, residents created a neighborhood watch committee that is still active today.
Community Safety is a passion for Ms. Bigelow. From 2020 to 2023, she served as co-chair of the City of Burlington’s Community Police Advisory Team (CPAT), an advisory body that offers feedback to improve partnerships between the Burlington Police Department and the community they serve.
Councilmember Bigelow has served as a board member for the Alamance Partnership for Children and was a member of the Cone Health Diversity Council. She is the founder of Women Empowering Women and is both founder and president of Future Alamance, a group dedicated to improving the future of Alamance County.
She received the 2020 Rising Star Award from the Women's Resource Center. In 2022, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority awarded her their Community Jewel Award.
Ms. Bigelow has consistently worked with local organizations to sponsor backpack drives, Thanksgiving meals, giveaways, and Christmas gifts for struggling families in Alamance County. She believes in the power of people coming together, sharing ideas, and standing up for each other.
Councilmember Bigelow and her husband, Lea, are raising their two small children in Burlington. Their oldest daughter is grown and lives Whitsett. Through their young family, they are personally invested in Burlington’s future.
In addition to her family and community bridge-building, Ms. Bigelow also works as a healthcare administrator at UNC Health.