Kemp Burdette is the Cape Fear Riverkeeper at Cape Fear River Watch. He works to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River. He is a Wilmington native who grew up exploring the waterways and swamps that make our area so special. Kemp has lived and traveled around the world as a US Navy search and rescue swimmer, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Peace Corps volunteer. At home and abroad Kemp has always been interested in the way humans interact with their environment.
His academic background is in geology and history, graduating from UNCW magna cum laude with honors, and he holds a master of public administration (MPA), also from UNCW. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
Kemp spends most of his free time with his two daughters Olivia and Caroline, working in his garden, or tinkering in his workshop, or exploring the waterways and swamps of the Lower Cape Fear Region.
Jessica Cannon is a mother of three school-aged boys, a retired physician and a self-described ‘political junkie’. A native Virginian, she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Virginia, and her medical training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia. Before going to medical school, she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide. Along with their children, she and her husband Kevin have lived in Wilmington for 17 years, where she practiced medicine until 2006.
Jessica believes, in the tradition of Paul Wellstone, that “we all do better when we all do better.” Her particular areas of interest include political and civic issues that affect the well-being of children and families in our community. But she has opinions on almost everything. Just ask her.
She is co-founder of Suit Up Wilmington, a 3,500+ member grassroots organization, formed in November 2016, that works for fairness and accountability in government in Southeastern North Carolina.