Julie Eiselt, at-large representative
Julie Eiselt, a democrat, was elected in 2015 and is serving her first term on council.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eiselt earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Indiana University and a master’s degree in international management/finance from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona. She went on to have a successful career in commercial and investment banking, working in emerging countries and utilizing her proficiency in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Eiselt credits living and working in foreign countries for developing her passionate interest in cultural assimilation, specifically within her own community.
Eiselt moved to Charlotte in 1998 with NationsBank/Bank of America and later stayed home to raise three children, all while expanding her involvement in civic activity. After a man tried to abduct her at gunpoint in Charlotte in 2007, she built a coalition of neighborhood leaders and founded Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte (NSC). This grassroots organization spurred more funding for the police department and court system and increased accountability from public officials to Charlotte citizens. Her work in NSC led to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to present her with a Citizen Service Award, and the Charlotte Observer named her as one of "Seven to Watch" for her work in public safety.
Most recently, Eiselt has focused her civic engagement in the area of public education, advocating at both the local and state levels for increases in teacher pay and resources for students.
Her volunteer service also includes work with the following organizations:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation (board member)
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
Myers Park High School PTSO and IBPAC (board member)
She and her husband Tom have two sons and one daughter.