About Carlvena

Personal Life

J. Carlvena Foster
was born and raised in High Point, NC. Educated in the High Point Public Schools, Carlvena is a proud member of the historic William Penn High School, Class of 1968 – which deems itself “the last of the best”. She received her B.S. Degree in Business Management from Shaw University; received a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from High Point University; and has completed the required course work towards a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership, through University of Phoenix. She is also a NC State Certified Level III Child Care Director.

She is married to Otis Foster and has 2 children, Keesia and Britt, and one adorable grandbaby girl “Cabria”, who definitely owns her heart.


Professional Life

Mrs. Foster has served as the Executive Director of the Carl Chavis Memorial Branch YMCA for 17 ½ years. She was elected to the Guilford County Board of Education, representing District 1 in 2008, and currently serves the citizens of Guilford County as a County Commissioner, elected in 2014.

The many local boards and committees Mrs. Foster currently serves on represents her commitment to her community, city and county. The boards include:
•  African American Initiative of the United Way of High Point;
• Furnitureland Rotary Club;
• High Point University’s First Generation and Say Yes Scholarship Committee
• High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau Board
• High Point Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
• North Carolina State Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• Communities in Schools of High Point Board of Directors
• State Employees Credit Union Board
• National Association of Black County Officials
• Member of the Executive Board of the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials
• 1st Vice President of the Women of the National Association of County Officials
• Currently serves as 1st Female Chairman of the Calvary Baptist Church Board of Trustees after being elected as the 1st female Trustee in the Church’s history
• And honored now to serve as the only female and only African American on the City of High Point’s Downtown Catalyst Project’s Executive Board
• High Point Resilience Committee
• Washington St. Renaissance Committee
• John Coltrane Project Committee

Carlvena has received many awards and recognitions including:

McDonald’s Triad Award for Community Service in 2003; February 11th Association Service Award; NAACP Eagle Award; 2 time recipient of Beta Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Citizen Award; and the Chavis  

YMCA’s 2014 Minority Achiever’s Legacy Award for the numerous contributions to youth and families in Guilford County. In 2017, she received the YMCA’s Women of Achievement Community Champion Award and Business High Point -Chamber of Commerce Extraordinary Leader Award. 

In 2016, The High Point University Splash Park at Carl Chavis YMCA was named in her honor. This honor has been the highlight of her career as this enables her to leave a legacy of citizenship and public service to not just her family but to the entire High Point community at large.

Carlvena gives all Glory and Honor to God who has gifted her and allows her to serve. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 – “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”