Leadership Charlottesville


*The application for LC Class of 2018 is now open! APPLY HERE!!

SAVE THE DATE! On Tuesday, May 9, 5:30pm, the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association will host a Graduation Celebration for the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017 following their project presentations. Location TBA.

The Class of 2017 is currently working on their team-based community projects with the following nonprofit partners:

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM)

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust


The class will give formal presentations on their projects on Tuesday, May 9, 3-5pm, CitySpace. All are welcome to attend.

More than 50 members of the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA) helped to organize the sessions and/or served as presenters/facilitators/moderators. We thank them for their valuable contributions to the program’s 2016 sessions.


Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2017

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Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2017

Robert “Chris” Ackerman, MicroAire Surgical Instruments, LLCSarah Hamfeldt, Jefferson-Madison Regional LibraryJordan Pierson, Blue Ridge Bank
Adrienne Agee, Cadence CompanionsChristian “Chris” Henningsen, Henningsen Kestner ArchitectsNicole Scro, Williams Mullen
LaNika Barnes, Albemarle County Public SchoolsAlexander “Alex” Ikenfuna, City of CharlottesvilleSara Simoneau, City of Charlottesville
Susian Brooks, Klöckner PentaplastStephanie Kester, Crutchfield CorporationJacqueline Smith, Commonwealth Assisted Living
Brian “Scott” Carpenter, Charlottesville Fire DepartmentTerrie Lantor, Omni Charlottesville HotelKeith Smith, Roy Wheeler Realty Inc.
Elise Cruz, Monticello Area Community Action AgencyBrittani Lemonds, Michie Hamlett, Attorneys at LawCheryl Thacker, Union Bank & Trust
Gary Driskill, State Farm InsuranceNicolas “Nick” Mari, MillerCoorsBrantley Ussery, Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, The Tax Ladies Inc.Brandy Martin, Federal Executive InstituteDorothy “Dori” Williams, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Lee Elberson, Clayborne EducationDeidra Massie, Commonwealth Senior Living
Nicole Ferretti, University of VirginiaMatthew Murphy, City of Charlottesville
Sue Haas, Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeMelissa “Melly” Neff, Gary Albert State Farm Agency

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 980 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. The fall program, held from September to November, consists of 12 sessions built around a curriculum of community issues. Nine of these sessions meet on consecutive Wednesday afternoons at designated locations around the community. December through April, the class works with local nonprofit partners to complete several team-based community service projects. During this time, there are three monthly sessions held in February, March and April. Team project presentations and graduation are held at the conclusion of the program. At least 80% of the non-mandatory sessions must be attended to qualify for a certification of completion. See brochure for schedule of sessions.

Class Projects: As part of the Leadership Charlottesville program, class members participate in project teams to address significant needs within the community. In order to provide our teams the best possible project offerings, project ideas are received from local community organizations. Request for Proposals (RFP) are received throughout October and November from Charlottesville area nonprofits. RFPs are sent via ChamberBits and email. You can also contact the Leadership Charlottesville Director for a form.

Who Participates: Leadership Charlottesville participants include senior level executives, nonprofit executives and staff, entrepreneurs/solopreneurs, local government employees, and community leaders. If you are an existing or emerging leader from the corporate, nonprofit, government, or small business sector, then this program is for you!

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Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016

The Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016 successfully completed their team-based community projects with the following nonprofitpartners:

Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

City of Promise

Foothills Child Advocacy Center

Jefferson School City Center

The class gave formal project presentations on May 11 at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Following that, the Chamber presented each member of the Class of 2016 with a certificate of completion.

Visit www.melodyrobbinsphotography.com to view the photos. Password: leadership2016

Every year one team is voted by the class to present to the Chamber Board of Directors. This year Team Foothills was selected to represent the Class of 2016. They presented to the board on June 28.

Program Director: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett education@cvillechamber.com / 434.295.3078


Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.