Siobhan Norris serves as the Director for Wake County Veteran Services. In this role, she serves as the county’s subject matter expert on matters related to the military and veteran community.
Siobhan Norris serves as the Director for Wake County Veteran Services. In this role, she serves as the county’s subject matter expert on matters related to the military and veteran community while also advocating for 55,000+ veterans that call Wake County their home. She leads two major teams: 1) a team of county veteran service officers who help connect veterans and their families to benefits earned through military service; and 2) a homeless prevention and crisis management team that works to end veteran homelessness in Wake County.
Prior to her transition to county government, Ms. Norris served in higher education for nearly a decade, holding positions such as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Military Affairs at Fayetteville State University, the Military Liaison to the University of North Carolina System President, and the Military Liaison at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During her higher educational tenure, she is credited with facilitating numerous strategic partnerships that led to a variety of successes to include but not limited to: UNCW being ranked as #1 in the state of North Carolina by Military Times; increased military student enrollment within the UNC System by 57%; commissioned a published peer reviewed report on military connected students attending Historic Black Colleges and Universities, supported the implementation of free tuition for military connected students at Fayetteville State University while also leading the HBCU to be named a Purple Heart University.
Ms. Norris is proud to be a member of a family that can date their military involvement back to the Civil War. She is the granddaughter of a decorated WW II Marine Corps veteran, the daughter of a combat wounded Vietnam veteran, was a military spouse for 17 years, and is herself a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Conflict Management and Resolution. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Military & Veteran Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).