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 nearly 25 years and they have two beautiful daughters, at UNC-Chapel Hill and Myers Park High School.
Charlotte is Our Home.
Susan’s skills set combines the nurturing and common sense values of a mom with the smarts of a professor. Susan knows how to bring people together to solve our community’s challenges.
Susan B. Harden’s Priorities
Education & Civic Life
Strong and High Quality Schools
Higher teacher pay
Fair Elections and Voting Rights
Emphasize Civility, Collaboration, Kindness, and Culture
Strategic Investments in Infrastructure
Enhance Upward Mobility
Support for Emerging Markets, Innovations, and Entrepreneurs
Affordability for Citizens on Fixed Incomes
Clean Air and Water, Garden-Like Environment
Healthcare Advocacy, Particularly for Women and Families
Wellness and Support for Older Adults
Addiction and Recovery Solutions
Welcoming and Inclusive to Newcomers
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