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​Susan B. Harden, District 5

Supporting the Infrastructure of Prosperity
Education  Healthcare  Environment

Office hours: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center: Mondays noon – 2:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Or anytime by appointment.

Susan serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Economic Development Committee, and the Audit Committee, which are all subcommittees of the Board of County Commissioners.

The meeting schedule for the committees is listed below.
Intergovernmental Relations: Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Economic Development: Meets 1st Tuesday of every month 3:30-5:00 p.m. and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 2:30-3:30p.m.

Audit Review Committee: Meets 1st Tuesday 4 times a year 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Susan also enthusiastically serves as a Board Liaison on the following community boards:
Metropolitan Transit Commission, Centralina Economic Development Commission, Planning Coordinating Committee, and the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (alternate) .

District 5 represents the neighborhoods of South Charlotte and is approximately bound by Freedom Park to the north, South Boulevard to the west, Monroe Road to the east, and Pineville-Matthews Road to the south. A map of the Commission districts can be accessed here.

Susan B. Harden is not a politician. She’s an educator, a doer and a dedicated public servant inspired to use her expertise in education and community engagement, as well as her background in finance and economics, to create real, actionable solutions to the challenges facing Mecklenburg County.

A 30-year resident of Charlotte, Susan has dedicated her career to public service. She is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where she educates the teachers of tomorrow. She directs the college’s Civic Minor in Urban Youth and Communities and its Charlotte Community Scholars Program. She recently received Leadership Charlotte’s “Unsung Hero” award, and is a popular national speaker on social trust, service learning, education and community engagement.

Susan is a strategic thinker who takes a positive and collaborative approach to her work. A lifelong learner, she never loses sight of the big picture. She’s a decisive, action-oriented leader who cares deeply about her community.

On any given day you will find Susan:

  • Coaching a pre-service teacher on how to educate students with special needs
  • Working with a non-profit to create a meaningful internship for an enthusiastic college student who wants to give back to the community
  • Writing a letter of recommendation for a college student
  • Taking dinner to a friend
  • Meeting with leaders to discuss ideas for improving our community

Susan has been married to Brian Harden for 25 years and they have two beautiful daughters, at UNC-Chapel Hill and Myers Park High School.


Office Location:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Clerk to the Board

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