Title: Council Member
Municipality: City of Charlotte
Position Interested In: Population Based Seat/City over 200,000 (Charlotte)
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.
I have made intergovernmental relations a high priority during my tenure on Charlotte City Council. I was the co-chair of the city's Intergovernmental Relations Committee when it was reestablished in 2018 and have served as the city's representative on our regional COG (Centralina) since my swearing-in to council in 2017. Growing up in Winston-Salem, attending Appalachian State University in Boone, and living in Charlotte since 2004 has given me a good perspective on the diversity of our state and the strength of its municipalities. I truly believe that Charlotte's success is beneficial for every other part of our state, and that the success of all parts of our state is beneficial to Charlotte and all of North Carolina's municipalities. I see the principle of productive partnerships as the most critical in the Vision 2030 - we must work together if we are succeed collectively, and thereby individually. I believe I would be a valuable and collaborative member of the NCLM board if given the opportunity to serve. Thank you for your consideration.
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.
I was elected in 2017 as the District 1 representative on Charlotte City Council and am serving my second term on council.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
Professionally, I represent Republic National Distributing Company as a brand ambassador for Western North Carolina and have also written for local publications including the Charlotte Observer, Elevate Magazine and Creative Loafing.
I serve as the City of Charlotte's representative on the Centralina Council of Governments, as a member of the North Carolina advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, as an advisory board member for Central Piedmont Community College's Culinary Arts program and am a volunteer firefighter for the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department. I previously served as a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors. I was also chair of City Council's Charlotte International Cabinet and vice chair of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. I served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
I received an associate degree from Johnson & Wales University and a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Advocacy Goals Conference
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.