District E Council Member
Stef Mendell was elected to represent District E in 2017. She ran on a platform promoting neighborhood vitality and citizen engagement. Stef welcomes progress, innovation, and growth, but believes that healthy growth results only after good-faith consideration of all points of view.
Stef wants to balance neighborhood concerns with responsible development practices that are compatible with existing neighborhoods, that don’t overwhelm existing infrastructure, and that respect the environment. Stef believes that developers and residents do not have to be adversaries and she will work to ensure a win/win outcome for all.
Stef’s parents moved to Raleigh in 1964 and she grew up in District E, attending Wake County Public Schools: Lacy, Martin, and Broughton.
Stef earned both a Masters degree in Information and Library Science and a BA, Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors in Psychology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2013, after retiring from a career as an international communications executive with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Stef became active in local government, regularly attending City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings to underscore the risks of stormwater runoff, to urge protection of neighborhoods from incompatible development, and to encourage robust Council action to address other challenges to our quality of life. She also has spoken out about the need to improve opportunities for citizen engagement while strengthening the role of the Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs).
Before joining GSK, Stef served as Executive Director of HopeLine, a nonprofit telephone crisis hotline. Previous to that, she spent ten years managing corporate communications at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.
Stef is married to her high school sweetheart, Richard Johnson, a Raleigh native. They have one son who also lives in Raleigh. Stef is an avid reader, yoga practitioner, and sports fan.
Stef Mendell serves on these committees:
- Healthy Neighborhoods
- Growth & Natural Resources