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about CharlotteEAST

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about CharlotteEAST


CharlotteEAST is an independent all-volunteer board.

The mission of CharlotteEAST (Charlotte East Area Strategies Team) is to bring together businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits and civic organizations to develop and strengthen economic and social capital in the East Charlotte communities.

CharlotteEAST serves as an advocate for the area’s needs and helps to market the diversity and unique assets that make East Charlotte a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Charlotte’s East Side is home to over 160,000 people! That makes us equivalent in population to North Carolina’s 7th largest city (Cary, NC); more populated than Wilmington (#8), Asheville (#12) and twice as populated as Gastonia (#13). Our boundaries are roughly east of Uptown/I-277, south of UNCC, north of Randolph Rd and west of Mint Hill (link to map) but we welcome anyone who appreciates CharlotteEAST.

CharlotteEAST gives you the power of our neighborhoods much like the NextDoor App connects you with your immediate neighbors. EAST connects neighborhoods with each other, as well as with local businesses, non-profits and elected officials so we can all help each other.

When we come together, the east side is a powerful force in our city and region.

Board of Directors

Maureen Gilewski

Mike Sullivan

Sharon Bodrick

Leigh Shipman

Erin Barbee
Manolo Betancur
Tesha Boyd
Cathy Buchhofer
Kathy Buckley
Kris Chambers-Woodruff
Michael Haithcock
David High
Helene Hilger
Letty Ketner
Patsy Kinsey
Noah Mesgane
Liz Millsaps-Haigler
Jimmy Sanchez
Leigh Shipman
Brenda Slade
Louise Woods
Emily Wu


Taste of the World – Maureen Gilewski, Chair
Economic Development – Mike Sullivan, Chair
Transportation – Louise Woods, Chair
Neighborhood Task Force – David High, Chair
Education – Helene Hilger, Chair
Marketing & PR – Liz Millsaps Haigler, Chair