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 is 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.
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Mayor's Youth Academy
Richmond Living Wage Certification Program
The Giving Wall
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
The Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker