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Main Office - Operations

900 E. Broad Street, Suite 1502
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 646-3108                                                                                                                                                                                  Fax: (804) 646 - 3031                                                                           
Email: AskCommunityWealthBuilding

The Office of Community Wealth Building 

The mission of the Office of Community Wealth Building is to create policy and structural change resulting in a coherent ladder out of poverty for our lowest-income residents. 

The Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) was established by Former Mayor Dwight C. Jones in the spring of 2014 and operated as a first-of-its-kind City office in the nation. In December 2015, City Council enacted Former Mayor Jones’s proposal to establish the Office of Community Wealth Building as a permanent department.

The office is the brainchild of the Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission and was later developed into the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty. The creation of the Office of Community Wealth Building was one of the central recommendations of the Commission.

Our vision is to build a coordinated approach that provides a consistent ladder out of poverty through access to quality employment and related supports and to create stronger neighborhood and educational opportunities to improve the life chances for all of Richmond’s children. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

This year, OCWB combined its implementation of OCWB Vision 2020 and pandemic response for community stability. As previously demonstrated in the Return on Investment and Impact Statements section, the OCWB and its partners have accomplished broader goals with significant community impacts. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Click on each of our programs and services to learn more.

The Ambassadors Program

BLISS

Career Stations

Eviction Diversion

Mayor's Youth Academy

Richmond Living Wage Certification Program

Social Enterprise

 

Staff  &  Board

Staff of the Office of Community Wealth Building:

Caprichia Moses,  Interim Director

 

Shawanda Clark

James Davis

Bernadine Doggett

La’Tina Doughty

Kelvin Harris

Wilma Harris

Calvin Headley

Sherrilyn Hicks

Quandra Holmes

 

Darcel Jones

Lerone Joseph

John Korusek

Keith Lewis

Erika Love

Janette McGrady

Pamela Newton

Rae Obejero

Lori Payne

 

Jenee Pearson

Evette Roots

Sandra Smith

Suzette Street

Derrick Wadley

Travis Woods

Darrick Young

Mayra Zavala

 

 

Community Wealth Building Ambassadors

James Davis, Program Coordinator

Yolanda Avery

Zaheera Al-Bayina

Ricardo Anderson

Marquita Armstrong

Cotina Brake

Ailaher Brogdon

Charmane Cunningham

Anthony Forest

Curtis Franklin

Margo Greene

Sherwood Hartso

Claude Hodges

Karen Imes

Karen Jones

Kiawanda Jones

Heather Jones

Jessica Jones

Mark Lee

Bryant Manuel

Merle Mitchell

Jessica Ortiz

Preston Page

Lafonda Page

Porshe Pettaway

Lawrence Robinson

Marva Russell

Ashley Singleton

Brandon Smith

Lalita Sylver

Michael Stone

Sharon Thomas

Iyana Turner

Alicia Watson

LaVar White

Christopher Willis

Alkendrick Wright

Joseph Wright

Ian Young

 

Maggie L. Walker Citizens Advisory Board

The Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board was created as an independent citizen body tasked with ongoing monitoring of the city’s progress in implementing the Initiative agenda and related policies. On December 8, 2014, City Council passed ordinance §2014-234-215 formally establishing the Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board.

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, Chair

Albert Walker, Co-Chair

Kamala Allen

Dominic Barrett

Chanel Bea

Avohom Carpenter

Jewel Gatling

Charles Hall

Marthelia Hutchen

 

 

 

Saundra Laws

Gina Lyles 

Patrice Shelton

Carmen Simon

Aquanetta Scott

Valaryee Mitchell

(non-voting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker 

Maggie Lena Walker was born in Richmond, Virginia to enslaved parents and was the first woman to own a bank in the nation. Gifted in accounting and math, Mrs. Walker's first business was an insurance company for women.  She established the Penny Savings bank, which expanded throughout Virginia with more than 50,000 members. The Office of Community Wealth Building honors Maggie Walker's legacy of entrepreneurship, activism, advocacy, and business and civic leadership.

Maggie Walker