Guiding our journey

Our Council

Our Council reflects our Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Their experiences and wisdom are coupled with a deep commitment to take bold action to improve economic mobility for all while governing our work.

Miriam Espaillat, Co-Chair

Director of Community Engagement – Raydal Hospitality LLC

Mike Rizer, Co-Chair

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs – Ally Financial

Cathy Bessant

President & CEO - Foundation for the Carolinas

Ralphine Caldwell

Executive Director - LISC

Laura Yates Clark

President & CEO - United Way of Greater Charlotte

Brian Collier

President - Gambrell Foundation

Dr. Kinneil Coltman

Executive Vice President, Chief Community & Social Impact Officer - Advocate Health

Dena Diorio

County Manager
Mecklenburg County Government

Danielle Frazier

Special Assistant to the City Manager, Workforce Development -
City of Charlotte

Kim Henderson

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
-Novant Health

Dr. Crystal Hill

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Dr. Devonya Govan-Hunt

CEO & Master Trainer - Govan-Hunt Staff Development, LLC & Critical Curriculum Consulting

Marcus Jones

City Manager - City of Charlotte

Rob Kelly

President & CEO - FORCLT

Daniel Lugo

President - Queens University

Valecia McDowell

Co-head of White Collar, Regulatory Defense & Investigations - Moore & Van Allen

Ebony A. Thomas

President, Bank of America Foundation and Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Executive

Matthew Ridenhour

Manager, Third-Party Risk Brightspeed

Dave Rizzo

Chief Talent & Responsibility Officer - Deloitte LLP

Winston Robinson

Executive Director-
Applesauce Group

Council Emeritus

In Memoriam:
Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown

Dee O'Dell

Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking Sales-
U.S. Bank