Victoria Watlington is the proud daughter of MSG (Ret) George Watlington and SFC (Ret) TD Watlington. Born on Fort Bragg into a tight knit family of service members, civil servants, and educators, she learned early on the values of faith, integrity, personal courage, and selfless service to her community. As a military child with humble beginnings, Victoria enjoyed a diversity of experiences, being raised in the Carolinas and beyond, including three years abroad. This cultivated in her a “big picture” perspective, respect and appreciation for differences, and a keen ability to reach common ground among competing interests.

After graduating from the University of Florida, where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering on a full academic scholarship, Victoria returned home to North Carolina to begin her career in Charlotte. She honed her leadership skills leading manufacturing organizations, coaching LEAN/Six Sigma methodologies, and managing multi-million dollar engineering initiatives. Along the way, she continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned an MS in Engineering Management. As a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional, Victoria has proven to bring both a progressive voice and a pragmatic approach to City Council.

Victoria quickly found her home in Charlotte. Before being elected in 2019 to the Charlotte City Council, she spent the last decade serving the community via 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. A graduate of all four City of Charlotte academy programs, she brings an understanding of the needs of the Charlotte community, and has demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively with public and private partners.

Victoria has been recognized for superior service:

  • 2019 UNCC Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna
  • 2019 Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women
  • 2019 Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40
  • 2019 New Leaders Council Fellow 
  • Pride Magazine Outstanding Millennial (2018)
  • Elevate Lifestyle Future Leaders of Charlotte 30 Under 30 (2018)
  • Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Business Leader – Large Enterprise (2017)

Victoria’s additional service background includes: North Carolina Building Code Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, CharlotteWorks Board, Discovery Place Board, United Way Central Carolinas Young Leaders Council, Programming Committee Co-Chair, North Carolina New Leaders Council Fellow, City of Charlotte Civil Service Board, Vice Chair, City of Charlotte Business Advisory Committee, West Blvd Neighborhood Coalition Board, Land Use Committee Chair, Elevation Church Outreach Team, NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow Speaker, AA Political Caucus of MCDP Panelist, CLT Sustainability Summit Panelist, Sealed Air Toastmasters Club Charter Member, Vice President Public Relations, Sealed Air United Way, Supply Chain Department Liaison, Westover Hills Neighborhood Association, Secretary, National Society of Black Engineers Charlotte Professionals; Programs Chair, Evening of Excellence Committee, City of Charlotte Civic Leadership Academy Graduate, CMPD Citizens’ Academy Graduate, City of Charlotte Community Planning Academy Graduate, City of Charlotte CLT International Airport Aviation Academy Graduate

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