Meet the Council

James Mitchell Jr., at-large representative

James Mitchell Jr., a democrat, is serving his first term as an at-large council member. He previously served from 1999 to 2013 as the district 2 council member.

He graduated from the following leadership programs: Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), Leadership Charlotte and Focus on Leadership.​

In 2011, James served as the president of the National League of Cities, only the second elected official from North Carolina to serve as the president in the organization's 92 years. James was also the recipient of the Democratic Municipal Official (DMO) of the Year award.

Mitchell currently serves as director of business development for Barton Malow Company, where he is responsible for construction opportunities in North and South Carolina.

A Charlotte native, Mitchell is a  graduate of West Charlotte High School. He received his B.B.A in information systems from North Carolina Central University where he pledged the Tau Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. 

He is married to former NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham and is the proud father of his two blessings Kayla and Nicole. They are members of East Stonewall AME Zion church.

Councilmember Mitchell was involved in the following Charlotte community leadership organizations prior to serving on the City Council:

  • Focus on Leadership, president

  • Save-the-Seed mentoring organization, president

  • Black Data Processing Association, president

  • Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County, president

  • Black Political Caucus, vice president​

James Mitchell Jr.
Council member at large
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


James Mitchell participates in the following mayor-appointed council committees: