Leigh Altman, At Large
Leigh Altman serves on the Board of County Commissioners, representing all of Mecklenburg County’s 1.2 million residents. She was first elected as commissioner in 2020. Through her 17-year career as an attorney, Altman worked as an advocate for at-risk and vulnerable community members and carries this mission to her current role.
Before moving to Charlotte, Altman served as lead attorney for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and the Commission on Equal Opportunity. She was recognized as one of Georgia’s top lawyers under 40. Upon moving to Charlotte in 2009, Altman continued her legal advocacy as a guardian ad litem for seniors and adults with disabilities and as a staff attorney at Charlotte’s Council for Children’s Rights. Later, she served as the Juvenile Defense Attorney Representative on the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
Altman currently serves on the County's Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Economic Development Committee. In addition, she is chair of the Metropolitan Transit Commission and an Alliance Health Board member.
Through the years, Altman has volunteered her time to assist domestic abuse victims, women seeking reproductive healthcare, and those facing the death penalty. She has also been committed to increasing voter turnout as a precinct chair and as board member of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County.
Altman and her husband David are parents to three teenage boys.