Dimple Tansen Ajmera, District 5 representative
On January 17, 2017, Councilwoman Ajmera was unanimously selected by the Charlotte City Council to fill the District 5 seat, vacated by State Representative John Autry, which includes the Winterfield, Grove Park, Ravenwood and Eastway-Sheffield Park areas of East Charlotte. In this role, Ajmera is committed to promoting safe neighborhoods, economic opportunities, and accessible transportation through her work on the mayor-appointed Economic Development and Housing & Neighborhood Development council committees.
She is widely known for her leadership in bringing new life and opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, taking on this daunting task with a sustainable vision and fortitude. She is also an active member of the Environment and Transportation & Planning committees.
Prior to her election as Councilwoman, Ajmera 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 in East Charlotte, Councilwoman Ajmera made the decision to leave her position as Change Manager at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization. During her successful six-year tenure with TIAA, she 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, Ajmera worked at Yardi Systems where she managed multiple investment management implementations for their top-tier clients. Earlier in her professional career, she served as a Lead Tax Consultant at Deloitte & Touche.
Ajmera gives the credit for her accomplishments to her parents, who instilled in her the values of hard work, education, and giving back to the community. She recalls: "Growing up, I saw my parents work long and hard to provide for our family. But they always found the time and means to assist others, including supporting students to pursue higher education, working at local charities, and helping families in need during natural disasters."
In honor of her father, Ajmera founded Tansen Ajmera Scholarships, which provides financial assistance to underprivileged students at various educational institutions, along with the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund (CHASF).
Ajmera was a board member of Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County and the Asian American Caucus. She also volunteered with Doing My Part – Street Team to serve Charlotte's homeless; the Aldersgate Community to serve senior citizens; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools to help educate our young people.
Ajmera earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California (USC) where she received the prestigious Volunteer Service Award for her work in the community; she later became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to attending USC, she earned an associate degree from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where she served as Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.
Ajmera has the proud distinction of being the first Asian-American and the youngest woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council.