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Community Action Council

The overall mission of College of Humanities and Sciences Community Action Council is to advance partnerships between faculty, staff and students within CHS and local community organizations, businesses and governmental entities.

The Community Action Council works closely with CHS faculty, staff and students to:

  • set an agenda and prioritize initiatives around community engagement in the community and the College
  • identify disparities and social justice inequities within the community and ways to reduce these
  • provide feedback to administrators, faculty and staff on activities and initiatives related to community engagement
  • identify opportunities for students to work with organizations, and other entities within the metro Richmond community
  • help to identify resources for CHS and community organization

Members

carol adams

Carol Adams

Job title: Sergeant
Affiliation: Richmond Police Department

Adams is also the founder and CEO of the Carol Adams Foundation, a nonprofit organization that addresses domestic violence.

black history museum and cultural center of virginia

Heather Anderson

Job title: Community Engagement Coordinator
Affiliation: Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

Anderson is responsible for planning, outreach and overseeing events and community partnerships and engagement.

scott blackwell

Scott Blackwell

Job title: Chief Community Engagement Officer
Affiliation: Community Foundation for a greater Richmond

Blackwell collaborates with regional leaders to facilitate community conversations and identify local needs and funding opportunities.

erin burke brown

Erin Burke Brown, Ph.D.

Job title: Director of Family and Community Engagement
Affiliation: Richmond Public Schools

Before joining RPS, Brown worked for Virginia Commonwealth University's Division of Community Engagement.

lindsay bryant

Lindsay Bryant

Job title: Program Coordinator
Affiliation: Nia, Inc. of Greater Richmond

Bryant is a leader in HIV prevention, education and treatment activities in the Richmond metropolitan area and co-chair of the Black Treatment Advocates Network.

jonathan clarke

Jonathan Clarke

Affiliation: Richmond Fire Department

Clarke is a member of the Richmond Fire Department's diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

harold fitrer

Harold Fitrer, Ed.D.

Job title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Affiliation: Communities in Schools of Richmond

Fitrer also serves as an adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond and enjoyed a long career with Richmond Public Schools.

tonya gonzales

Tanya M. González

Job title: Executive Director
Affiliation: Sacred Heart Center

González has almost 20 years of experience working with and for Richmond's Latino community.

meg hughes

Meg Hughes

Job title: Director of Collections and Chief Curator
Affiliation: The Valentine Museum

Hughes has developed more than 20 exhibitions for The Valentine, many of which were co-curated with community members and organizations.

christine kinkaid

Cristina Kincaid

Job title: Director of Health Outreach and Advocacy
Affiliation: Health Brigade

Kincaid leads the largest department at the agency, with a staff of 14 responding to more than 10,000 client contacts a year.

cynthia newville

Cynthia Newbille, Ph.D.

Job title: President
Affiliation: Richmond City Council

Newville serves as the Council representative for the Richmond City Council's East End 7th Voter District.

ralph stuckey

Ralph W. Stuckey

Job title: Director of Resident Services
Affiliation: Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority

A passionate advocate for human equality and justice, Stuckey has been engaged in advocacy throughout his career, working directly with youth and family organizations in Virginia, Arkansas and Texas.

maria tamburri

Maria Pia Tamburri

Job title: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Affiliation: Dominion Energy

Tamburri supports and leads employee-focused initiatives to foster an engaged, diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace where all employees have the opportunity to thrive.