Dr. Victoria Watlington, PE, PMP, is the proud daughter of MSG (Ret) George Watlington and SFC (Ret) TD Watlington. Born on Fort Bragg (Liberty) 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. Despite humble beginnings, Victoria enjoyed a diversity of experiences in the Carolinas and beyond, from living in trailer parks to the German countryside. This cultivated in her both down-home values and a “big picture” perspective, respect for all people no matter their station, and a keen ability to reach common ground among competing interests.

Victoria knows first-hand the life-changing difference one opportunity can make. Though a 4.0 student throughout high school, she found herself facing a challenge all too familiar to young people all over the nation: the inability to pay for college. Then, late in the spring of senior year, she was offered a full academic scholarship from the University of Florida, as part of its commitment to economic mobility for minority scholars. Victoria’s journey ingrained in her a deep commitment to advocacy, and a responsibility to ensuring systemic solutions to address inequity. She went on to  earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and  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, her PhD in Infrastructure & Environmental Systems (Economic Mobility Policy Optimization), and a graduate certificate in Public Policy Research & Analysis. As a licensed Professional Engineer, certified Project Management Professional, and small business owner, Victoria has proven to bring both a progressive voice and a pragmatic approach to City Council.

Victoria quickly found her home on the Queen City’s West Side. 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:

  • 2024 UF Alumni Association 40 Under 40
  • 2023 Who’s Who in Black Charlotte
  • 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 
  • 2018 Pride Magazine Outstanding Millennial
  • 2018 Elevate Lifestyle Future Leaders of Charlotte 30 Under 30
  • 2017 Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Business Leader – Large Enterprise

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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