Vi Alexander Lyles wants more action on key city issues.
Action on the city’s ambitious, but unfunded, transit plan. Action on affordable housing. Action on closing gaps in Charlotte’s economic opportunities.
“I know the issues that move a city,” Lyles said. “You have to create a transportation network. You’ve got to create jobs. And you’ve got to have housing.”
Lyles, a Democrat, is running for re-election to keep her at-large seat on City Council, which she won in 2013. She finished first of 12 contenders in the at-large September primary.
She’s no stranger to city government. She worked for the city of Charlotte for nearly 30 years, starting as a budget analyst and then becoming the city budget director. She was an assistant city manager from 1996 to 2004 before leaving to work as a consulting director for the Lee Institute, an organization that helps nonprofits develop leadership and engage in the community.
Today, she sits on a number of boards and advisory committees.
She’s confident her experience will keep her in office.
“I have worked in the city from every level, on so many issues,” she said. “I know people in the neighborhoods; I know people in our business sector...our nonprofit sector.”
She wants to use that expansive network to foster collaboration between public officials and community leaders, and fulfill the plans leaders promised.
“So much of our tenor now is around what we can’t do,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out where we can do things.”
Vi Alexander Lyles
Family: Widowed, four children.
Education: Bachelor’s in political science from Queens University of Charlotte; master’s in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Occupation: Owner of Vi Lyles Consulting, a small consulting firm.
Politics: City Council member 2013-present; former assistant city manager.
Community service: City Council Transportation and Planning Committee chair; City Council Economic Development and Global Competitiveness co-chair; City Council Budget Committee member; owner of Vi Lyles Consulting; member of the Novant Health Board of Directors; member of the HopeWay Foundation Advisory Board committee; consultant with Flynn Heath Holt; former assistant city manager of Charlotte; former city budget director.