Title: Council Member
Municipality: City of Charlotte
Position Interested In: Second Vice President
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
In my six years on the board of the League, I have grown to respect and appreciate the vital role it plays in the community life of our state. The League empowers municipal governments by allowing them to speak to the NC General Assembly with one voice on matters that impact towns and cities. With its insurance and human resources products and services, it enables its members to lower costs and benefit from best practices around our state and the nation. The League's Vision 2030 plan contemplates broadening the scope of its services to municipalities so that they may confront the many challenges they faced even before the COVID-19 virus pandemic and create jobs and opportunity for their citizens. Fulfilling this vision will require strong leadership. Simply put, I would like to serve in a leadership position on the board because I believe my experience in business, local government and as a League board member will enable me to make a meaningful contribution to achieving the League's 2030 goals.
In submitting this application, I have given considerable thought to the fact that the city I serve is not representative of the broader membership of the League. The challenges that many of our members face are very different from those of Charlotte. As a board member of the League, I have seen vividly how migration to the large cities, natural disasters and now the pandemic have created hardships for many towns of a kind that Charlotte has not experienced. At the same time, all North Carolina municipalities have common interests as well, and I believe it is important that we all stand united. My hope is that by bringing to the board some of the things we in Charlotte are learning in areas such as economic development, planning, and environmental stewardship, to name a few, and by harmonizing our legislative agendas on matters such as local control, I can contribute to the board in ways that will benefit all of our members.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
During my time on Charlotte City Council, I have chaired the Intergovernmental Relations and Budget and Effectiveness Committees, served as Vice Chair of the Economic Development, Housing, and Environment Committees, and been a member of the Transportation and Planning Committee. I was chosen by the Mayor and my colleagues to head up an ad hoc Council committee that oversaw the departure of our last City Manager and then another committee that conducted the search for his replacement. I launched Charlotte's successful bid to host the Republican National Convention this year, making our city one of only a handful to have been chosen by both political parties for their convention.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
As my resume indicates, I studied economics at Princeton, Berlin and Oxford universities and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Professionally, I worked in financial services for thirty years, retiring from Goldman Sachs in New York in 2001. I have served or currently serve on the boards of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, The Mecklenburg district of the Boy Scouts of America, WTVI public television, the national Association of Public Television Stations, Communities in Schools, the Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts, and on the President's Council of Central Piedmont Community College.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Advocacy Goals Conference
Legislative Lobby Days
Legislative Action Committees
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.