History: The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established Leadership Charlottesville in 1982 as an economic development initiative in order to advance a key Chamber program to serve our member enterprises’ efforts to help build an active corps of engaged, dedicated civic leaders.
Leadership Charlottesville has become and remains a signature Chamber member-service, community-building program. More than 1050 individuals have graduated from Leadership Charlottesville, and these graduates are now challenging themselves by serving their employers and our community in active community-building efforts.
How It Works: Leadership Charlottesville (LC) is an 8-month tuition-based program held September through April and consists of weekly and monthly sessions built around a curriculum of community issues. At least 80% of the non-mandatory sessions must be attended to qualify for a certification of completion.
Community Issues… Community Solutions: As part of the Leadership Charlottesville program, class members work in teams to come up with viable solutions to various community issues.
Who Participates: Leadership Charlottesville participants include senior level executives, nonprofit executives and staff, entrepreneurs/solopreneurs, local government employees, community leaders, retirees, trailing spouses, activists, young professionals and more. If you are an existing or emerging leader with a desire to become more involved in your community, then this program is for you!
Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, 434.295.3141
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020
Taylor Averitte | Jamie White Real Estate
Cal Beasley | CFA Institute
Darrell Byers | Albemarle County Police Department
Gwendolyn Cassady | ManagingLove
Kara Chandeysson | Ting
Jean Chappell | Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ty Cooper | Lifeview Marketing & Visuals
Daniel Fairley II | City of Charlottesville / Alliance for Black Male Achievement
Marcia Fisher | University of Virginia Community Credit Union
Donald Giannangeli | Edward Jones
Corrinne Giller | MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law
Shelomith Gonzalez | R.E. Lee Companies, Inc.
Gloria Graham | University of Virginia
Robert Gray | Dreamin’ Diamonds, LLC
Gregory Harper | County of Albemarle
S. Lisa Herndon | Keller Williams Alliance
Treat Jackson | Tax Ladies, Inc.
Hannah Johnson | Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation
Russell Kruse | Royer Caramanis, PLC
Virginia Leary | Piedmont Housing Alliance
Caitlin Marcotte | City of Charlottesville / Parks & Recreation
Aiyana Marcus | Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Richard Needham | Clayborne Education, LLC
Shaista Nizaam | Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Lachen Parks | City of Charlottesville / Communications
Misty Parsons, University of Virginia Foundation
Christian Patrizia | Skeen Law Offices
Judy Pointer | UVA School of Medicine
David Puckett | Albemarle County Fire Rescue
Arthur Rogers | Martin Horn, Inc.
James Rowland | Great Eastern Management Company
Derek Rush | Steele Property Group, LLC
Zoie Smith | City of Charlottesville / Office of Economic Development
Richard Smyth | MPS
Susan Thomas | Retired, IBM Global Consulting
Jesse Torrey | Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
Patton Usry | Miller School of Albemarle
Teresa Willis | Piedmont Virginia Community College
Henry Young | Scott, Kroner, PLC
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019
Click below to see the LC2019 Class Project slideshows: