Councilwoman Jeri Finke
Councilwoman Jeri Finke and her husband, Fred, purchased their Seabrook Island lot in 2005 and completed construction of their home in 2010, at which time they became full-time residents. Prior to relocating to Seabrook Island, they were transplanted Nebraskans, living in northern Virginia and working in Washington, DC.
Jeri spent 30 years on Capitol Hill in personal staff positions to Members of the House of Representatives. Originally using her life science degrees to work on healthcare, agricultural and environmental issues, she became a specialist in the federal budget process and parliamentary law and procedure in the House. She also spent 15 years as president of her homeowners’ association in Reston, Virginia.
Councilwoman Finke has been an active volunteer since moving to the island. She served as a co-chair of the Newcomers Committee, tutored grade school students and served on SIPOA’s Environmental Committee. She was on the Board of Directors for the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy for 7 years, chairing the Green Space Gala each of those years, and also serving as the Board’s president for her last two years on the Board. She currently serves on committees of the Seabrook Island Club.
Councilwoman Finke was first elected to Town Council in November 2017 and was reelected in November 2019 and November 2021. She currently serves as the chair of the town's Environment and Wildlife Committee. She has also been assigned the role of Resources Official under the town’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. She has served as Mayor Pro Tem since December 2020.