Council James Mitchell, is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in information systems, has built a robust career primarily within the construction industry. His roles have included serving as the director of business development for Barton Malow and president of R.J. Leeper Construction. Beyond his professional endeavors, Mitchell has been deeply engaged in community and civic activities. He has held leadership positions such as vice president of the Black Political Caucus, president of Focus on Leadership, Save-the-Seed, Black Data Processing Association, and Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County.

Mitchell’s contributions to Charlotte are substantial, encompassing economic and social impacts. His key achievements include playing a pivotal role in bringing thousands of jobs to the area, as well as major events like the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament. He has been instrumental in significant projects such as the development of Northlake Mall, Truist Field, and enhancements to the Bank of America Stadium. His efforts also extend to political arenas, contributing to hosting two political conventions and spearheading the Charlotte Inclusion Program. Additionally, his advocacy led to the renaming of a prominent street in Uptown Charlotte in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., cementing his legacy of impactful community service.