Contact Us

 

Main Office 

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

Career Stations

Career Station at East End
701 N. 25th Station 2nd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23223

Career Station at Marshall Street Station
900 Marshall Street, Suite 160
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Career Station at Southside Community Center
701 N. 25th Station 2nd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

 

 

 

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.

 Our History 

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

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.

 Our Vision

A city where all residents will have access to equitable wealth-creating opportunities, education employment, housing, and training.

 Our Approach

Wealth Building

Systems Transformation and Collective Impact

 Programs and Services 

The Ambassadors Program

BLISS

Career Stations

Eviction Diversion

Mayor's Youth Academy

Richmond Living Wage Certification Program

Social Enterprise

The Giving Wall

 Collaborations and Partnerships

Click on each of our partners to learn more.

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 

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

 

Staff  &  Board

Staff of the Office of Community Wealth Building:

Valaryee N. Mitchell, Director, Read More              

Caprichia Moses, Economic and Community Development Administrator

Shawanda Clark

James Davis

Bernadine Doggett

La’Tina Doughty

Patrick Graham

Kelvin Harris

Wilma Harris

Calvin Headley

Sherrilyn Hicks

 

Quandra Holmes

Darcel Jones

Lerone Joseph

John Korusek

Keith Lewis

Erika Love

Janette McGrady

Pamela Newton

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 Capenter

Cindy Chambers

Elsie Harper-Anderson

Charles Hall

Marthelia Hutchen

Ceonna Johnson

Patrice Shelton

Dwayne Whitehead