Dimple Ajmera Sworn in for Charlotte City Council

On November 7 Charlotte voters elected new members of the City Council as well as a new Mayor. Indian-American Dimple Ajmera was among the candidates that won a seat for a two-year term. The Charlotte City Council will have a 9-2 democrat majority while democrat Vi Lyles was elected mayor. The new council members and mayor were sworn in on December 4. Saathee spoke with Dimple Ajmera about her work and the new council.

Give a little background.
I have the proud distinction of being the first Asian-American and the youngest woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council. Prior to the election as Councilwoman, she was twice appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA), and served on the CHA Board for more than two years to advocate for affordable housing and supporting services for our most vulnerable population.
In order to devote herself full-time to serving the needs of her constituents, I made the decision to leave the position as Change Manager at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization. During my six-year tenure with TIAA, I was awarded the Champion Award for Excellence several times for leading large-scale asset management and financial application projects. Prior to being recruited by TIAA, I worked at Yardi Systems where I managed multiple investment management implementations for their top-tier clients. Earlier in my career, I served as a Lead Tax Consultant at Deloitte & Touche.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University Of Southern California (USC) where I received the prestigious Volunteer Service Award for community work. I later became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to attending USC, I earned an associate degree from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where I served as Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.

You represent which district and what area of Charlotte does that cover?
I was elected to Charlotte City Council - At Large seat so I represent all Charlotteans (840,000+).

How did you become interested in politics and public service?
I give the credit to my parents who had instilled the values of hard work, education and giving back to the community. Growing up, I’d seen my parents working hard to provide for the family, but always found ways to assist others in need whether it’s supporting students to pursue higher education or supporting families in need during natural disasters.

What are your personal objectives you would like to see addressed in the coming year?
I recognize why we need a change and why Charlotteans elected the change this November. The change where one can dream of homeownership, where seniors can age in place, where a child can rise thru economic mobility, a change where an entrepreneur can start and grow their business, a change where your zip code doesn’t control your destiny, a change where all residents can feel safe regardless of where they live, color of their skin and economic status. So when historians look back 15 years from now they can say Charlotte was a dream place because it was a safe, inclusive and equitable place to live, raise a family and retire.

What would you and the city council like to do to coordinate positive efforts with Charlotte Mayor, as well as with NC Governor and NC State Legislature?
I look forward to working with colleagues on city council and mayor and state legislators to deliver the change Charlotteans have asked for and Charlotteans deserve.

What is your contact information (email) if readers want to contact you directly?
Dimple.Ajmera@charlottenc.gov