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 mission of the Educator Task Force (ETF) is to engage and elevate educators’ voices to support and advance Mayor Stoney’s children, youth and education priorities for his second term while responding to emerging priorities as needed. Teachers, counselors and other support staff will comprise the task force.
The ETF will work to offer recommendations on college and career preparation for students grades 6-12 and guidance for planning a year-round academic calendar.
The application was open March 25 - April 18.
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.
|*Virginia House of Delegates||Delegate Delores McQuinn|
|*Rose Fellows||Mayor Levar Stoney, Councilwoman and President Cynthia Newbille|
|*Preservation Virginia||Elizabeth Kostelny|
|*Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project||Ana Edwards|
|*Shockoe Business Association||Brian White|
|*Shockoe Neighborhood Association||David Napier|
|*Shockoe Partnership||Brian Jackson|
|African Community Network||Djibril Niang|
|Bike Walk RVA||Louise Lockett Gordon|
|Capital Trees||Frazier Armstrong, Max Hepp-Buchanan|
|Church Hill Association||Jeffery Burden|
|Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe||Reggie Tupponce|
|Community Unity in Action||Lynetta Thompson|
|Cultural Heritage Partners||Ellen Chapman|
|Friends of Taylor's Hill Park||Trish Bernal|
|History and Culture Commission||Free Yannoh Bangura, Paula Saylor Robinson|
|Richmond Regional Tourism||Katherine O'Donnell|
|Richmond Resident||Ben Ragsdale, Whit Richardson|
|Shockoe Property/Business Owner||Juan Braxton, Susan Gaible|
|Shockoe Resident||Mark Chang|
|Valentine Museum||Bill Martin|
|Venture Richmond||Lucy Mead|
* Signifies a found organization/member
|Kimberly Chen||Senior Manager, Office of DCAO Sharon L. Ebert|
|Osita Iroegbu||Senior Policy Advisor for Community Engagement, Office of Mayor Levar Stoney|
This special Advisory Council was created to provide advice to the Mayor and City Council about issues related to the homeless services system in the Richmond community. The Advisory Council has thirty (30) days to review information and create a list of recommendations. The list of recommendations is the expected deliverable.
The Advisory Council will be asked to absorb a great deal of information about a complex, multilayered social issue. Hopefully, the work product of the Advisory Council will help the Mayor, the City Council, local media and the general public clarify the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, set appropriate expectations regarding capacity and resource allocations, resolve outstanding service delivery issues, and neutralize misinformation. The framework for this work will be the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness approved by City Council.
|Reverend Dwylene Butler||Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church|
|Katie Chlan||Richmond Behavioral Health Authority|
|Annette Cousins||Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond|
|Christine Elwell||Greater Richmond Regional Collaborative|
|Scott Firestine||Richmond Public Library|
|Tracey Hardney-Scott||Richmond NAACP|
|Bonita Hogue||VCU Health, Department of Care Coordination|
|Natasha Lemus||Waymakers Foundation|
|Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch||Richmond City Council|
|Nadine Marsh-Carter||Children's Home Society of Virginia|
|Ricky Martin||Fitness Warriors, Community Advocate|
|Zakia McKensey||NationZ Foundation|
|Nury Mojica||Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation|
|Councilwoman Ellen Robertson||Richmond City Council|
|Timika Vincent||Wealth Building Solutions|
|Dr. Alex Wagaman||VCU School of Social Work|
|Thomas Washington||Richmond Public Schools|
|Charles Willis||Community Advocate|
|Reggie Gordon||DCAO of Human Services|
|Maggie Anderson||Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office|
|Sam Schwartzkopf||Office of the Press Secretary|
|Khilia Giacobone||Human Services|
|Patty Parks||Human Services|
|Lynda Sharp-Anderson||Social Services|
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.
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:
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.
|Councilwoman Ellen Robertson|
|Councilman Mike Jones|
|Maggie Anderson||Office of the Mayor|
|Chief Gerald Smith||Richmond Police Department|
|Chief Melvin Carter||Richmond Fire Department|
|Director Steve Willoughby||Richmond Emergency Communications|
|DCAO Reggie Gordon||Richmond Human Services|
|Director Shunda Giles||Department of Social Services|
|James Davis||Community Ambassadors Program|
|John Lindstrom||Richmond Behavioral Health Authority|
|Ruth Morrison||Richmond City Health District|
|Director Valaryee Mitchell||Office of Community Wealth Building|
|Osita Iroegbu||Office 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.
|Christy Coleman, Co-Chair||CEO, American Civil War Museum|
|Dr. Gregg Kimball||Library of Virginia, Director of Public Services and Outreach|
|Councilman Andreas Addison||Councilmember, First District|
|Dr. Edward Ayers||Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond|
|Stacy Burrs||Development consultant|
|Sarah Shields Driggs||Architectural and art historian|
|Councilwoman Kim Gray||Councilmember, Second District|
|Dr. Julian Hayter||Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond|
|Dr. Lauranett Lee||Public historian and consultant|
|Coleen Butler Rodriguez||City resident and marketing specialist|