D. Besse

Council Member
Democrat, Southwest Ward
PO Box 15306
Winston-Salem, NC 27113
336-760-4678 (home and work)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 15306, Winston-Salem, NC 27113

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Name: Dan Besse
Council Member since: 2001
Profession/Vocation: Public Interest Attorney and Educator
Professional and
  • Chair of the Public Works Committee
  • Member of the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee
  • Member of the Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Active member in the Ardmore Neighborhood Association
  • Has provided volunteer services for community groups including: Mediation Services of Forsyth County, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, Twin City Track Club, and the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina
  • Appointed by the Governor to the
    North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission 1985 - 1993, N.C. Emergency Response Commission 1987 - 1992, N.C. Environmental Management Commission 1993 - 2005, N.C. Sedimentation Control
    Commission 1994 - 2002
  • Other community activities include: Member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem


  • Hickory High School, 1973
  • B.A. Degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
  • UNC School of Law, J.D. 1980
  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1980
  • Has worked in legal and management positions for organizations providing legal service for: poor families, health care services, environmental education
  • Teaching experience including teaching courses on environmental law, environmental policy and government at: N.C. State University, Guilford College, Duke University, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Born in Hickory, NC on December 28, 1954
  • Favorite recreations: running and reading

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