What is the Office of Community Wealth Building?
The Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) is the Mayor’s initiative responsible for addressing systemic poverty in our local community. We are an interdisciplinary team of professionals and practitioners with experience in various sectors and industries: community development and community engagement, education, non-profit, workforce development, housing, human services, business development, enterprise and social justice and equity — among others. Our mission is to cultivate long-term relationships between government, nonprofits, companies, and residents in our community, implementing a strategy that will reduce poverty significantly and create economic mobility in the City of Richmond.
The Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) was established by Former Mayor Dwight C. Jones in the spring of 2014 and operates 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 mission is to cultivate long-term relationships between government, nonprofits, companies, and residents in our community, implementing a strategy that will reduce poverty significantly and create economic mobility in the City of Richmond.
A city where all residents will have access to equitable wealth-creating opportunities, education employment, housing, and training.
Systems Transformation and Collective Impact
Programs and Services
The Ambassadors Program
Mayor's Youth Academy
Richmond Living Wage Certification Program
The Giving Wall
Collaborations and Partnerships
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Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)
Help Me Help You (HMHY)
Office of Minority Business Enterprises
Peter Paul Development Center
Richmond Public Schools
Re: Work Richmond
Virginia Department of Health
The Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker
Staff of the Office of Community Wealth Building:
Valaryee N. Mitchell, Director, Read More
Caprichia Moses, Economic and Community Development Administrator
Community Wealth Building Ambassadors
James Davis, Program Coordinator
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