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Mayor's Office

900 E. Broad St., Suite 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: 804-646-7970
Fax: 804-646-7987

Email: RVAMayor@richmondgov.com

Mayor's Working Groups

During his tenure, Mayor Stoney has convened a number of working groups to bring experienced, innovative and diverse voices around the table to solve pressing problems. 

Below, you will find descriptions of these groups, links to any online presence they may have and a regularly updated calendar of upcoming meetings for those groups that meet publicly.

The Mayor's Teacher Advisory Council was convened to advise the Mayor's Office on issues that educators are uniquely positioned to speak to.

One of the projects MTAC has championed was the provision of free CPR training for Richmond Public Schools teachers. Certification in CPR is mandatory for teachers, and that process can cost individuals as much as $150 per certification period. MTAC identified this barrier, partnering with Richmond Fire Department to provide multiple free training sessions for RPS teachers.

MTAC also took lead on a reimagined Teacher Appreciation Week in May of 2020. In the middle of an unprecedented semester, MTAC reached out to teachers, school administrators and elected officials for challenging, enlightening and celebratory interviews. You can watch the introductory video here and catch the rest of the content on this playlist on the city's YouTube channel. 

The mayor meets with the Mayor's Teacher Advisory Council

Visit the website of the Shockoe Alliance.

The Shockoe Alliance is charged with guiding design and implementation of concepts and recommendations for the future of Shockoe as a holistic area rooted in history and informed by those with shared interests to advance these efforts in support of the mission. It was founded in 2018.

Said Mayor Stoney at the time: "In February of 2018, we had experts and advisors from around the country visit Shockoe [Area] to take a look at some of the land use issues we face in the city. They spent a total of four days doing site visits and stakeholder and community engagement meetings.

"We found that there was not a common vision for this area; but, if we could find a common vision, there would be opportunity for trust building, reconciliation, and the creation of an international cultural destination.

"My team decided that the best path forward was to bring people together around the table to discuss the future of Shockoe – to find that shared vision. That’s where we are today. ”

Since its founding, the Shockoe Alliance has met regularly to create and discuss proposals for the Shockoe Area. On July 28, the mayor, surrounded by members of the Shockoe Alliance, committed to funding a capital improvement budget amendment between $25-50 million for the memorialization and commemoration of Richmond's complete history, with an emphasis on the stories of enslaved Africans. Read more about that commitment here. 

Click here to learn about how to watch the public meetings of the Shockoe Alliance. 

OrganizationMember name(s)
*Virginia House of DelegatesDelegate Delores McQuinn
*Rose FellowsMayor Levar Stoney, Councilwoman and President Cynthia Newbille
*Preservation VirginiaElizabeth Kostelny
*Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation ProjectAna Edwards
*Shockoe Business AssociationBrian White
*Shockoe Neighborhood AssociationDavid Napier
*Shockoe PartnershipBrian Jackson
African Community NetworkDjibril Niang
Bike Walk RVALouise Lockett Gordon
Capital TreesFrazier Armstrong, Max Hepp-Buchanan
Church Hill AssociationJeffery Burden
Upper Mattaponi Indian TribeReggie Tupponce
Community Unity in ActionLynetta Thompson
Cultural Heritage PartnersEllen Chapman
Friends of Taylor's Hill ParkTrish Bernal
History and Culture CommissionFree Yannoh Bangura, Paula Saylor Robinson
Richmond Regional TourismKatherine O'Donnell
Richmond ResidentBen Ragsdale, Whit Richardson
Shockoe Property/Business OwnerJuan Braxton, Susan Gaible
Shockoe ResidentMark Chang
Valentine MuseumBill Martin
Venture RichmondLucy Mead

* Signifies a found organization/member

StaffTitle
Kimberly ChenSenior Manager, Office of DCAO Sharon L. Ebert
Osita IroegbuSenior Policy Advisor for Community Engagement, Office of Mayor Levar Stoney

 

Read the final report from the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety here. 

Read the initial report of the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety here. 

Mayor Stoney announced the members of the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety on July 10. His primary requests of the diverse group of professionals include reviewing the police department’s use of force policies, exploring an approach to public safety that uses a human services lens and prioritizing community healing and engagement.

The members of the task force bring an array of perspectives from activist, legal, academic, law enforcement, emergency services, artistic, healthcare and other fields. At the close of a 45-day period, the task force will bring the mayor a set of actionable steps forward to build a safer city for all.

The first public meeting of the task force took place Friday, August 7, 2020. The task force meets every other Friday afternoon at 3:00. They are streamed live to the City of Richmond Facebook page. Meetings will be available for viewing on the City of Richmond's YouTube channel.  

Watch the meetings on your own time at the below links:

August 7

August 21

September 4

September 18

On September 23, the task force presented their initial report to the mayor and Chief of Police Gerald Smith. You can read that report here. Read a city press release on the report here. 

On November 23, the task force compiled and presented their final report. You can read that report here. Read the mayor's statement on the final report here. 

 

Members
Bill Pantele
Birdie Jamison
Brad Nixon
Brandon Browne
Brandon Lovee
Brian Swann
Brian Williams
Carol Adams
Collette McEachin
Courtney Winston
Daryl Fraser
Destiny Hill
Devontae Scott
Djibril Niang
Donté McCutchen
Councilwoman Ellen Robertson
George Brown
Glenwood Burley
Helena Hudson
Iman Shabazz
Keisha Cummings
Kimberly Russo
Lashawnda Singleton
Lisa Moon
Lyons Sanchezconcha
Councilman Mike Jones
Natasha Crosby
Patrice Shelton
Ram Bhagat
Robert Morris
Rodney Robinson
Shanel Lewis
Shatara Hurt
Sheba Williams
Shytina Huey
Torey Edmonds
Tracy Paner
Triston Harris
William Pelfry

 

Staff MemberOrganization
Maggie AndersonOffice of the Mayor
Chief Gerald SmithRichmond Police Department
Chief Melvin CarterRichmond Fire Department
Director Steve WilloughbyRichmond Emergency Communications
DCAO Reggie GordonRichmond Human Services
Director Shunda GilesDepartment of Social Services
James DavisCommunity Ambassadors Program
John LindstromRichmond Behavioral Health Authority
Ruth MorrisonRichmond City Health District
Director Valaryee MitchellOffice of Community Wealth Building
Osita IroegbuOffice of the Mayor

The Monument Avenue Commission was founded in July of 2017 and met through 2018 to solicit public input and make recommendations on how to best tell the real story behind the statues on Monument Avenue and change the face of Monument Avenue by adding new monuments that would reflect a broader, more inclusive story of our history. 

After white supremacists marched in Charlottesville Virginia in August of 2017, the mayor added a charge to the commision's tasks: to examine the removal and/or relocation of some or all of the monuments to the Confederacy.

The Monument Avenue Commission solicited public comment for just under a year. You can read internet public comment submission by submission month below:

To read the Monument Avenue Commission's final report, click here. 

MemberRole/Specialty
Christy Coleman, Co-ChairCEO, American Civil War Museum
Dr. Gregg KimballLibrary of Virginia, Director of Public Services and Outreach
Councilman Andreas AddisonCouncilmember, First District
Dr. Edward AyersTucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond
Stacy BurrsDevelopment consultant
Sarah Shields DriggsArchitectural and art historian
Councilwoman Kim GrayCouncilmember, Second District
Dr. Julian HayterProfessor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
Dr. Lauranett LeePublic historian and consultant
Coleen Butler RodriguezCity resident and marketing specialist

The American Civil War Museum has created a website where you can learn more about the history of Monument Avenue. 

Mayor’s Working Group calendar