In 2007, Julie Eiselt was standing outsider her car at the Dowd YMCA parking lot one morning when a man stuck a gun in her chest and ordered her to get back in.
She called out, pretending someone was rushing to help. The gunman fled.
Within months, the mother of three had started Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte, a grassroots group that would become one of the area’s largest anti-crime organizations. It was once called “a squeaky wheel in the ear of government leaders.”
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The group would fight for – and win – more public funding for the police and courts.
“I felt it was really true that one person can make a difference,” Eiselt says.
Eiselt moved to Charlotte in 1998 for a job at a bank in international finance. She has a long list of volunteer experience including mentoring and tutoring programs, Crisis Assistance Ministry and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Friends.
On council, she would focus on three areas: public safety, economic development and transportation.
“I know how to bring pragmatic solutions and build coalitions,” she says. “I think I could do a pretty good job of bringing people together from different sides.”
Hometown: Elm Grove, Wisconsin.
Family: Husband, 3 children
Education: Bachelor’s in Spanish, 1983, Indiana University; Master’s in International Management/Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management, 1984.
Occupation: Formerly in international finance for the Bank of America.
Politics: First run for office.
Community service: Includes the board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation, Latin American Coalition; HopeSpring mentoring program for college-bound adjudicated youth; Urban Ministries- Room In The Inn program; Crisis Assistance Ministries WISH team, helping a homeless family transition to stability; Barringer Elementary ESL program (reading tutor); Tutor for Hispanic teens; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Friends
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