Education: University of Florida, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; UNC Charlotte, master’s degree in engineering management, doctorate in infrastructure and environmental systems, and a graduate certificate in public policy research and analysis; Professional Engineer license; Project Management Professional certification.
Professional Experience: Council Member Watlington is a licensed professional engineer and certified project management professional. She has held several roles in engineering, initiative management, and operations management in the consumer product goods industry.
Civic Engagement: She has served the community with various professional and service organizations, including the City’s Civil Service Board, United Way Young Leaders Council, National Society of Black Engineers, Elevation Outreach and the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition Board. She has also served on the city’s Business Advisory Committee and the United Way Central Carolinas Young Leaders Council. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Key Achievements: Council Member Watlington has advocated for the expansion of the Staying in Place program to help long-time residents remain in the neighborhoods they’ve grown to love and secured more than $400,000 in city investment to preserve affordability in neighborhoods.
Council Committee Assignments: To be determined
Platform and Goals: Her key priorities include public safety, arts and culture, responsible growth and infrastructure, and fiscal stewardship and affordability.
Awards and Recognitions: Watlington was named a 2017 Charlotte Chamber YP, Pride Magazine’s 2018 Outstanding Millennial, and is an Elevate Lifestyle 30 Under 30 award winner. She was recognized as the 2019 UNC Charlotte Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna; one of Mecklenburg Times’ 2019 50 Most Influential Women; and one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40.