The AAC Board is a team of impassioned individuals driven to affect change in the African American Community.  Each Board member brings unique talents and skills that contributes to the success of the Caucus. The Board is committed to working to improve the lives and well-being of African Americans in Mecklenburg County by supporting Democratic principles and values.


Collette Alston


A native of Durham, North Carolina, Collette has quickly become a rising star within the North Carolina Democratic Party.  She is currently the Chair for Precinct 102 (since 2015) and has held the Secretary position for the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party and the 12th Congressional District.  Collette is also a member of the Black Political Caucus, the SEC, and the NAACP.

Collette began her education at North Carolina Central University, where she worked to put herself through school.  She would obtain an MBA in International Business.  Professionally, Collette has +20 years of experience in client relationship management, business analytics, compliance, and cross-functional team leadership.  She is currently employed By Wells Fargo N.A.

William Mitchell

1st Vice President

William has a long and established history of volunteering and activism in the Democratic party.  Beginning in 1979, he participated in the Racism Protest March in Greensboro, NC.  Through the years, William has served as a volunteer for several national Presidential campaigns including Al Gore, John Kerry, Barak Obama, and Hillary Clinton.


Locally, William has also volunteered for the campaigns of  Senator Kay Hagan, Mayor Vi Lyles, and Judge Rickye McKoy Mitchell, (among others).  He has also been a member of the AAC since 2015.  In 2017 - 2018, William served as co-Chair of the Get Out The Vote Committtee for the Black Political Caucus. In 2019, he served as the Chair of the AAC - NCDP Gala Fundraiser. 


Vonnie Brown

2nd Vice President

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Vonnie has a wealth of experience in leadership roles within the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party and its auxiliaries.  After a few years in college at North Carolina Central University studying Political Science and Business, Vonnie returned to Charlotte, working for a non-profit organization focused on foreclosure prevention during the height of the financial crisis.  Over the years, Vonnie has held leadership roles with the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg, the NC Young Democrats, and the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party. He was also appointed to serve on the Mecklenburg County Commissioners' Arts and Science Council.  In 2016, he ran for the office of Soil and Water District Supervisor, finishing 2nd in a five-candidate race.  That year, he was also selected to be a State Delegate for Bernie Sanders.


Brandon Woodward

3rd Vice President

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon serves as the Marketing and Media Relations Chair for the AAC.  As a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. Finance & Marketing) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (M.B.A Investment Management), and +20 years of professional business experience, Brandon brings a diverse range of skills to the caucus.  He is currently employed as a Management Consultant at a local consulting firm.

Politically, Brandon has been a life-long Democrat.  He is an active member of his local Democratic precinct, and has volunteered for local campaigns.

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Richmond Baker


Richmond is a senior Consultant at Microsoft. He has also held a number of other positions at Microsoft including engineer,  public sector platforms technology lead, and Program Manager.  Richmond  has worked as an engineer for both US West and the United States Air Force and as a consultant for Credence Automation. He holds a BS in computer science from Colorado Technical University.

Richmond is also very active in the community active on several boards including the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Board of Trustees, University City Partners Board of Directors (Chair of the Planning and Development Committee), UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics Advisory board, Black Political Caucus GOTV committee member, Chair of Precinct 214, and Founder of the Mallard Creek Initiative.

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Linda Butler


Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, Ms. Butler has been a stalwart in the Charlotte community through her church and service activities.  Linda is currently the Recording Secretary for the Hidden Valley Community Association, and participates on several of its committees.  In addition, she volunteers with Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools, and serves as the Democratic Party precinct chair for her district.   Linda is also employed as the Health Plan Director for the American Postal Workers' Union.

Ms. Butler has formerly held multiple leadership positions with several community organizations, highlighted by her volunteer work with the Mecklenburg County Court System.  She holds Associates Degrees in Paralegal and Business Management from Fayetteville Technical Institute.