Anna Young was the first African-America woman elected to the Belmont city council in 1981. A Belmont native, Ms. Young graduated from Boston's Northeastern University in 1985 where she majored in nursing with a concentration in allied health. In 2006, Ms. Young retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she worked as an educator, focusing on behaviorally-challenged youth. While on the Belmont city council, Ms. Young worked on annexation issues and increasing the African-American voting population participation. She worked to improve city maintenance services and to improve relations between Belmont residents and their city government. Street Program is a state and national program consisting of downtown revitalization projects that focus on ways to use local small shops, historical assets to boost economic development.
Ms. Young continues to serve her community though her leadership role in the Gaston County NAACP. She has also served on many community boards including the Gaston County Democratic Party, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Belmont Neighborhood Partners, Black Women's Caucus, and the Belmont Planning and Zoning Board. Ms. Young was instrumental in bringing a Juneteenth Celebration to Belmont in 2011 and continues to be a liaison between the community and the City.