Trailblazers in the Mayors Office

Mayor Vi Lyles from the City of Charlotte and Harvey Gantt

Harvey Gantt was Charlotte’s first black mayor in the 80’s. Now 30 years later, his longtime friend, Vi Lyles, is the city’s first black female mayor. An architect by trade, Gantt helped build Charlotte into the cosmopolitan city it’s become. Lyles says her focus is maintaining the city’s diversity and making sure all feel welcome in the Queen City.