Mark Kleinschmidt


Chapel Hill





102 Boulder Ln.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill, 2009-present

Council Member, Town of Chapel Hill, 2001-2009


Attorney, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, 2012-present

Executive Director, Fair Trial Initiative, 2006-2012

Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation 2000-2006

Teacher, West Mecklenburg High School, 1992-1997, Teacher of the Year 1996-97

DCHC MPO, 2009-present, Chair, 2015

ACLU of NC, Board of Directors 2006-09, President 2008-2009

2013 Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in the Triangle

Equality NC Board of Directors, 2002-2006


To continue working with the community to realize the goals of Chapel Hill 2020; to ensure that everyone who wants to live and work in Chapel Hill has the opportunity to do so, and to help guide thoughtful policy to secure our community’s future resiliency against the challenges of the future.


Implementation of the community investments promised by this year’s bond referendum including adding improvements to our bike and ped infrastructure, completion of the necessary planning for new fire stations and police headquarters, enhancing our stormwater facilities, completion of improved park and rec facilities and developing solutions to manage our solid waste.  In addition, I look forward to growing our youth services program that has a key part of my 2013 re-election effort and working with the community to complete a town-wide pedestrian plan.

I am proud of the progress we have made in implementing our affordable housing strategy including our partnership with DHIC, development of new incentive policies for affordable housing, and our commitment of investing a penny of our tax rate for affordable housing.  In addition, our success in working with the UNC in Northside, our downtown and in improving our entrepreneurial climate have created new opportunities for further partnerships with the University, in the arts, economic development, and on social justice issues.