Councilwoman Sabrina Wooten

Council Member Wooten was sworn into office on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to fill the unexpired term of the seat Mayor Dyervacatedas the Centerville district representative in Virginia Beach.On November 3, 2020, Council member Sabrina Wooten was re-elected as the first African American to serve a second term ever onVirginia Beach City Council. She is a native of Stuttgart,Germany, but grew up in Hampton Roads and has lived in Virginia Beach for over 15 years. Her passions include combattingpoverty, advocating for local businesses and homelessness and protecting our natural resources and quality of life. Sabrina brings seventeenyears of business, leadership and administrative experience in the private and non-profit sectors.

Wooten is the creator and host of the Ignite Business Series Seminar that takes place annually to support local, small, women, minority and service disabled business owners. The business series provides businesses with the resources and tools they need to grow and expand.

Wooten’s professional mediation firm Strategic Impact Services, LLC, provides mediation services and business management solutions to business organizations and the community. Additionally, she serves as anAdjunct Professor at Old Dominion University where she teaches African American Studies.

She was appointed to the 2018 Board of Governors for the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. Prior to the November 2018 election, Wooten was Vice chair of the City’s Minority Business Council, and Chair of the Outreach Committee. She was also a member of the City’s Process Improvement Steering Committee and is a member of the National Small Business Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society and the National Association of Professional Women. She is also a former Police Chaplain for the Virginia Beach Police Department.

A published author, Wooten graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She received master’s degrees in business management and public administration from Regent University. She also earned a certificate in biblical studies from Liberty University and a certificate in practical theology from Regent University. She is a PhD candidate and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership. Wooten resides with her husband, Donald in the Centerville District.

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