Meet Jacob

A proud fifth-generation resident of South Whitehall Township, Jacob Roth maintains a lifelong passion for serving his community. He graduated from Parkland High School in 2020, and in May 2023 graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College with a B.A. in Political Science. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. In November 2022, Jacob was unanimously appointed to the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, becoming the youngest commissioner in township history. His policy priorities include balancing moderate growth and land preservation, preventing unnecessary tax increases, supporting first responders, ensuring efficient municipal services, and preserving local history. As an Eagle Scout, Jacob developed a sense of duty that sparked his interest in civic affairs. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Commissioners, Jacob amassed experience at multiple levels of government, having been a member of the South Whitehall Township Parks and Recreation Board, the Lehigh County Youth Advisory Board, and South Whitehall Concerned Citizens. In the spring of 2022, Jacob served as an intern at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where he assisted municipalities across Pennsylvania with federal infrastructure and broadband grant applications. In his free time, Jacob enjoys taking cross-country road trips in pursuit of his goal of visiting all fifty states as well as spending time with his family and girlfriend of three years, Natalie.