Dimple Tansen Ajmera
Dimple Ajmera, City Council At Large is proud to have lived the American dream. With little means, her parents immigrated from India when she was 16 to provide their children with greater opportunities. She spoke no English. Proving her tenacity, she went on to graduate from the University of Southern California and later became a Certified Public Accountant. After joining City Council, Ajmera left her lucrative six-figure career in order to devote her full attention to a position and mission she valued – helping to make Charlotte a place where everyone has a chance to succeed and prosper, regardless of background or geography.
During her tenure on City Council, she has been a fighter with a proven record. Ajmera’s platform includes, but is not limited to Public Safety, Affordable Housing, the Environment, Women’s Equality, Economic Development, and Infrastructure. She is widely known for chairing the Environment Committee and helping Charlotte become a global leader in sustainability with bipartisan support. The adoption of the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is the city’s first-ever framework to transition to a low carbon future. Within 24 hours of its passing, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Charlotte to announce a $2.5 million grant from his foundation toward Charlotte’s efforts to fight climate change.
Ajmera also has a record of bold accomplishments on affordable housing. She played an integral role in securing the funding and neighborhood support for the St. John’s Place affordable housing development. She continues to advocate for expanding access to affordable housing, increasing local awareness and action on school safety, and bringing traction and economic opportunities to the 69-acre Eastland site, an area left undeveloped for years.
Ajmera broke the glass ceiling with her historic victory in 2017. She continues to be a role model for women and immigrants. Ajmera was also given the 2018 Global Service Award by Rotary International and one of Longleaf Politics' 54 Top Young Political Stars in North Carolina. She has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County by the Mecklenburg Times. Most recently she was named Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40.