LaWana Mayfield, a democrat, represents district 3. She was elected in 2011 and is serving her fourth term on council. In 2014 Mayfield was awarded the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellowship and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program. In a few short years Mayfield has led the development of multiple projects including the Charlotte Premium Outlets, the Annual Charlotte Douglas International Airport district 3 Job Fair, the City of Charlotte’s first Youth Job Fair, the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, expansion of Carowinds, improved sidewalk widening in district 3 and other projects and re-zonings.
Mayfield serves on multiple boards and committee’s for the National League of Cities: REAL Race, Equity and Leadership Committee; as Past-President of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials; first vice president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the Human Development Committee and as an National League of Cities Leaders “Fellow”.
Mayfield also serves locally as the first female president of the Centralina Economic Development Commission, on the Board of NASCAR Hall of Fame and as a former board member of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.
Mayfield has received numerous awards and acknowledgements in the six years she has been in office including the 2016 PowerHouse Project Power of One Award, 2016 National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Queen City Metropolitan Chapter Candace Award for Advocacy in Civic Engagement, 2017 Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Harvey Milk Award and 2017 NLC-LGBT-LO Outstanding Local Leadership Award.