It’s so important to know who is making decisions for the people of your city and the local businesses of it! There has been a lot of talk about the Charlotte City Budget and what will change after it is implemented, but who are the people that voted on your city’s budget and made the decisions about what would be funded and what would not?
Above you’ll see council members and the City Mayor with information below about who they represent and how to contact them. To find out who represents your district, click here!
More than their contact info
If you want to know who the people who serve you really are, you have to do some digging on the Charlotte Government website, where tons of information is stored on city meetings, city policies, and city officials. CLT tales did some digging and consolidated detailed descriptions of each council member into short bulleted lists.
- is an at-large representative on Charlotte City Council
- serving her second term on council
- was chosen by her peers on December 7, 2015 to serve as mayor pro tem
- worked for the City of Charlotte for almost 30 years in many jobs, including Assistant City Manager
- she owns and operates Vi Lyles Consulting, a firm that builds a platform for government and nonprofit organizations to move toward successful programs, policies and procedures through strategic engagement and planning.
- The Southern Piedmont Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators created the “Viola ‘Vi’ Lyles Young Public Administrator Award,” which recognizes energy, commitment and drive for excellence in work and community service.”
- At large representative
- serving her first term
- After school, she went on to have a successful career in commercial and investment banking, working in emerging countries and utilizing her proficiency in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
- After a man tried to abduct her at gunpoint in Charlotte in 2007, she built a coalition of neighborhood leaders and founded Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte (NSC). This grassroots organization spurred more funding for the police department and court system and increased accountability from public officials to Charlotte citizens. Her work in NSC led to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to present her with a Citizen Service Award, and the Charlotte Observer named her as one of “Seven to Watch” for her work in public safety.
- Volunteers frequently in local Charlotte organizations
Claire Green Fallon
- At large representative
- serving her third term in city council
- Fallon serves on the board of the Housing Trust and was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance, the Mixed Income Housing Coalition of Mecklenburg County, and Committee of 21 for Charlotte-Mecklenburg roads and infrastructure.
- Graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and attended Queens College New York and New York University.
- Voted one of the 50 most influential women in Mecklenburg County by the Mecklenburg Times in 2010.
James Mitchell Jr.
- At large representative
- first term
- Previously served from 1999 to 2013 as the district 2 council member
- He graduated from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), Leadership Charlotte and Focus on Leadership.
- Served as the president of the National League of Cities, only the second elected official from North Carolina to serve as the president in the organization’s 92 years.
- Recipient of the Democratic Municipal Official (DMO) of the Year award.
- Currently serves as director of business development for Barton Malow Company,
- Married to former NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham
- 6th term
- District 1 representative
- Charlotte’s second female mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council.
- Council representative to the Discovery Place Board of Directors as well as the Centralina Council of Governments (COG) executive board, where she serves as 1st vice president.
- She also serves on the Board of the North Carolina League of Municipalities and is president-elect of the National League of Cities’ Women in Municipal Government.
- Has served in many other Charlotte organizations
Alvin “Al” Austin
- 2nd term
- district 2 representative
- Major Gifts Officer for the Division of Institutional Advancement at Johnson C. Smith University.
- Served and transformed the McCrorey Family YMCA located in the northwest corridor of Charlotte as executive director from 2009 until 2012.
- Al served as assistant director of public relations with the Charlotte Housing Authority, national public relations director for the American Association of Minority Businesses and ground transportation supervisor for Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
- Has been identified as one of Charlotte’s emerging minority leaders by Access Charlotte; honored with the PEARL Award from the Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as an outstanding community leader; and listed in 2012 edition of Who’s Who in Black Charlotte.
- represents district 3 on Charlotte City Council
- Serving her third term.
- Was awarded the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program.
- Serves on the National League of Cities REAL Race, Equity and Leadership Committee; as president of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; and as board member of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.
- Also serves on the Centralina Economic Development Committee and is secretary of North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.
- Received the Diversity Outreach and Volunteer of the Year awards from the Human Rights Campaign, the Woman of Achievement Community Champion Award from the YWCA, the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best of Q-List, the 2013 Harvey B. Gantt Award from the Young Democrats, and the 2014 Charlotte Business Guild Torchbearer Award.
- represents district 4 in northeast Charlotte on City Council
- Previously appointed to fill the unexpired 10-month term of a former District 4 council member who won election to the North Carolina legislature. Phipps is now in his second term after being reelected in November 2015.
- Served as chair of the Keep Charlotte Beautiful Committee and was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission in 2009 where he served until his election to City Council in 2013.
- Graduate of the CMPD Citizens Academy, former member of the CMPD University City Leadership Council, and president of Back Creek-II homeowners’ association.
- Retired national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) – US Treasury Department, Large Bank Supervision Division.
- Council representative on the board of University City Partners
Dimple Tansen Ajmera
- Widely known for her leadership in bringing new life and opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, taking on this daunting task with a sustainable vision and fortitude.
- She is also an active member of the Environment and Transportation & Planning committees.
- Previously, she was twice appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA)
- Left position as Change Manager at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization to devote time to being a councilwoman
- In honor of her father, Ajmera founded Tansen Ajmera Scholarships, which provides financial assistance to underprivileged students at various educational institutions, along with the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund (CHASF).
- Was a board member of Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County and the Asian American Caucus.
- First Asian-American and the youngest woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council.
- second term
- Spent 7 ½ years working for Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, where as regional sales manager he oversaw the Northeast territory.
- In June 2005, he began his career in commercial real estate.
- Over the past 11 years, Smith has specialized in third-party office leasing, tenant relocations and renewals, building acquisitions and dispositions.
- Serves as president of the Barclay Downs Homeowners Association
- District 7 Representative
- second term
- During his career at major financial institutions, Driggs specialized in arranging financings and securities offerings for corporate clients and advising them on strategic transactions.
- Driggs’s community service has included service on the boards of WTVI and Communities in Schools as well as on the President’s Council at Central Piedmont Community College.
- His volunteer activities have including tutoring students at EE Waddell High School, assisting at the Classroom Central distribution center, and giving classes in economics and personal finance at CMS schools and CPCC.
- Joined the Charlotte Rotary Club in 2004 and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his donations to the Rotary International Foundation.
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