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Ericka Ellis-Stewart has lived in Charlotte since 1992 and is a long-time advocate for education.  Her professional career and volunteer leadership has touched many facets of the Charlotte community.  Over the past seventeen years, she has lead two non-profit organizations, Right Moves for Youth and the Johnston YMCA.  Prior to these posts, Ericka worked for Hands On Charlotte and NCCJ a national human relations non-profit organization.  Her background as a leader in the non-profit community provides tremendous understanding of the issues impacting Mecklenburg County.


Her work includes creating prevention-based programs for at-risk children, providing advocacy and a framework for supportive services to families living in public housing, and working to improve the physical health and well-being of Charlotte residents.  She has also served on a number of local boards, committees and task forces.


Ericka is an accomplished leader who has been recognized by Essence Magazine, the Charlotte Business Journal, The Charlotte and NC Jaycees and PRIDE Magazine.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College (Charlotte) and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. 


She is married to Marcus Stewart.  They have two children one in high school and one in college.


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 Long History of CMS Involvement & Leadership

   School Leadership Team Chairman Harding University High School

   PTSA Scholarship Committee Chairman - Harding University High School

   School Leadership Team Member Piedmont IB Middle School

   PTSA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Billingsville Montessori

   PTSA Member Highland Mill Montessori

   Mentor Performance Learning Center (CMS High School)

   Title I Mentor Merry Oaks Elementary School

   Inaugural CMS Character Education Task Force

   CMS Long-Range Facilities Master Plan Citizen Advisory Committee

   Citizens Task Force on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - Facilitator

Engaged Citizen

   Mecklenburg County Crime & Justice Task Force - Member

   City of Charlotte Neighborhood Matching Grants Committee Member

   Community Relations Committee (CRC) - City of Charlotte

   Women in Public Service Alumna

   Achieve Together Community Circle Participant & Education Advocate

   Leadership North Carolina Alumna

   Focus On Leadership Class X

   Former Camp ANYTOWN Director

   Catawba Lands Conservancy - Former Board Member

   Clean Air Carolinas - Board Member

   NC ASA - Board Member

Recognized Community Leader

   40 Under 40 Award Charlotte Business Journal

   Pride Magazine - Emerging Leader Award

   Ten Outstanding Young Charlotteans Award Charlotte Jaycees

   Leadership NC/Governor Jim Hunts Office Achievement Recognition

   Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians NC Jaycees

Experienced Professional

   Experienced Non-Profit Executive / Health & Human Services Leader

   Former Executive Director, Right Moves for Youth (Drop-Out Prevention Agency) and the Johnston YMCA in NoDa

   Former Community Relations & Development Manager, Hands On Charlotte

Wife & Mother

   Married to Marcus Stewart

   Mother of two school-age children


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2011 Committee to Elect Ericka Ellis-Stewart