Hester was born in Norfolk and grew up in the Five Points neighborhood, graduating from Norview High School. Mrs. Hester is married to Quincey Hester, Sr. They have two sons and six granddaughters.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Virginia State University in 1978 and a Master of Arts in education and human development from George Washington University in 1990.
Daun Hester worked in the Norfolk Public Schools System for 22 years. She is an educator with experience in instruction, administration and professional development. Currently she is the Principal at Calvary Christian Early Education Center in Norfolk. She is also the owner of Hester and Company, an education and training consulting firm that provides programs and consulting services in the areas of education, family, strategic planning and community improvement.
In addition to holding elected office, Hester’s dedication to her home city included serving on the Planning Council, a regional agency. She served as vice-chair for the Norfolk Economic and Community Business Development Committee. She chaired the City Council’s Task Forces for the Church Street/Huntersville neighborhoods and the Park Place/Lambert’s Point communities. She also served on the Southside, Five Points, and Fairmont Park Task Forces. The task forces guide neighborhood and commercial development.
Hester served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University for eight years, including her service to the Executive Committee as Secretary. She chaired Empowerment 2010 and was a member of the Board of the National League of Cities. She was also the co-chair for Norfolk United – Facing Race, a city-wide initiative to foster honest dialogue on race and reconciliation.
Hester is a current member of the National League of Cities (NLC). She is a former Board and Advisory Council member and served as the NLC Council on Youth, Education and Families Committee member. She served on the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), the National Forum of Black Public Administrators(NFBPA) and the Hampton Roads Conference of Minority Public Administrators(COMPA). She served as a member of a Virginia Municipal League member, the CIVIC Institute Alumni Association, Leadership Hampton Roads Alumni Association and the Virginia State University Alumni Association
Hester serves as co-chair of Black Women for Positive Change and is a member of the National Council of Negro Women. She continues to serve on the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center Board of Directors. She is a member of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She served on the nonpartisan Norfolk, Virginia City Council 1996–2010, and was vice mayor 2004–08. She is currently a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, having won a special election on December 18, 2012, in the 89th district in Norfolk.
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She is a partner at Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.
Daun Hester’s service and accomplishments have been frequently recognized. The Young Professionals of the Urban League of Hampton Roads recognized her with the Silver Legacy Award for Education in 2011. Kappa Alpha Psi granted her the Community Service Achiever’s Award in 2008 and in 2007 St. Paul C.M.E. Church declared her a Lady of Distinction. She received the “Mary Helen Thomas” award from the YWCA for her contribution toward the elimination of racism in 2004. Also that year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Tidewater Post 48-0, declared her “Citizen of the Year.” The following year Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. declared her “2005 Citizen of the Year.” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity named her “2001 Humanitarian of the Year” and the Urban League awarded Hester their Vivian C. Mason Meritorious Award.