As commissioner, Torre Jessup oversees the daily operations of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, including vehicle registrations, driver licenses, vehicle safety and emissions inspections as well as activities to halt vehicle theft and identity fraud.
Before joining the N.C. Department of Transportation, Jessup served as vice president of public policy and external affairs at Blue Bloodhound, a start-up technology company serving the trucking industry. Prior to that, he was director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Jessup also previously served as regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration's Southeast Sunbelt Region. In this position, he was the top executive in the largest region outside of Washington, D.C. with approximately 1,000 employees who were responsible for managing 44 million square feet of real estate and transacted approximately $10 billion in technology and procurement solutions for federal agencies in eight states including North Carolina, as well as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Jessup also served for 20 years in the office of North Carolina Congressman Mel Watt as district director and in various liaison roles. During his tenure he set policy objectives, oversaw district-level strategy and operations, and managed outreach and constituent affairs. In addition, he served appointments on the North Carolina Human Relations Commission and the Charlotte Metropolitan Transit Finance Working Group.
A native of Winston-Salem and long-time resident of Mecklenburg County, Jessup is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.