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Leadership Charlottesville

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 DirectorAndrea 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.
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
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

Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2020

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
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 2018
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2018
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2015
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2015
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2014
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2014
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2013
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2013