Apr 5, 2019
Tom Warshauer is Assistant Director, Community Engagement for
the City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services
Department. In his 29-year career at the City, Tom has worked with
business and neighborhood groups to enhance quality of life in
Charlotte. He is an American Leadership Forum fellow and has served
on several community councils and boards, including as chair of the
Community Building Initiative and as a founding board member of
Equality NC, The Wesley Mancini Foundation and Charlotte Lesbian
and Gay Fund. He is a Human Rights Commission Charlotte Chapter’s
Legacy Award Honoree for fostering equity in the Charlotte
community. Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and
Fine Arts from Rice University and a Master of Arts in Real Estate
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
community engagement, neighborhood development, creating a city,
and celebrating diverse and authentic lives.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Tom explains how he helps residents become more
engaged in their neighborhoods.
- He talks about how people feel about their
neighborhoods and neighborhood data sets.
- He notes the common concerns of neighborhoods
and which neighborhoods are getting it right.
- He outlines the role his department is playing in
economic mobility efforts.
- Tom talks about the importance of city markets
in developing neighborhoods.
- He shares what’s changed during his 29 years
of work in city management.
- He discusses what he means by doing what one can do
- He describes growing up in Wilmington, NC, the Warshauer
family, and being a middle-child who loved Lemon Pledge and
- Tom remembers his excitement moving to New Orleans, loving his
time in high school, his nights in the French Quarter, and liking
intermission at the Opera.
- He talks about studying architecture at Rice
University, restoring buildings and homes in Houston and
Wilmington, and earning a masters degree in real estate at
- He explains why he moved to and stayed in Charlotte, and
the work he is most proud of in his career.
- He answers whether he has an interest in returning to
home restoration work.
- Tom discusses harvesting the fruit of seeds that he has
planted and what he has learned from his
- Tom shares what he values most about people
and the diversity of their lives.
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