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Debra Campbell, Assistant City Manager

Debra Campbell currently serves as an Assistant City Manager with the City of Charlotte. In this role, Debra provides technical and managerial support to Planning, Transportation and the Charlotte Area Transit departments.  Prior to assuming this role, she served as the director of a joint City County Planning agency that provides planning services to the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated portion of Mecklenburg County.  She managed a 63-member staff responsible for: development services which included the rezoning, historic district designation, zoning administration and interpretations and subdivision processes, long range and strategic planning services which included providing transit station, business corridor and neighborhood planning, annexation and community investment planning and support for long range transportation planning (CRTPO).

Debra has over thirty years of experience in the field of Urban Planning, Transportation/Land Use Integration, Transit Station Area Planning & Development, Neighborhood and Business Corridor Revitalization, Housing and Community Development.  Her goal is to help develop and implement public policy that makes Charlotte-Mecklenburg an eminently livable, economically vibrant and memorable urban community.


Before moving to Charlotte, Debra held several professional positions with various non-profit and public agencies.  Debra served as a Consultant for Neighborhood Enterprise, a Non-Profit Housing Agency, and as a Planner with the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and the Tennessee State Planning Office. 
She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she received a Masters in Public Administration in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning in 1978.


Debra serves on the Board of Directors of four non-profit organizations including; Charlotte Center City Partners, Foundation For The Carolinas, University City Partners, and UNCC’s Center for Real Estate.

Membership/Affiliation
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class XX
  • Leadership Development Institute Class X
Awards                      
  • 2013 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Person of the Year
  • 2013 Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women
  • 2010 Willie J. Stratford Diversity Award
  • 2007 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year
  • 2007 Outstanding Achievement Southern Piedmont Chapter of COMTO and National Forum for Black Public Administrators
  • 2005 A Child’s Place First Ladies of Charlotte
  • 2005 Business and Professional Women’s Club Achievement