Leadership Charlottesville


Recruitment for the Class of 2020 will open April 1, 2019. 

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 1000 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. 

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.

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!

Leadership Charlottesville 2018 – 19 Program Underwriter

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Program Director:

Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, 434.295.3078

LC at PR Fall 2018
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019

Leadership Charlottesville – Class of 2019 

Torri AyersJefferson Area CHiP
Kendall BillsBright Vantage Strategies
Wildamie CeusR.E. Lee Companies
Robert ChisholmFulton Bank
Colleen CrillUnited Bank
William CrutchfieldCrutchfield Corporation
Karen DowellRoy Wheeler Realty
Jolene Esposito
PhotoWorks Group, Inc.
David EsworthyUVA Community Credit Union
Amy EzellEagle Corporation
Robin FisherUniversity of Virginia
Christine GoughFluvanna County Department of Social Services
Natasha GrayS&P Global
Scott HamlerWVIR - NBC29
Nicole CowanCity of Charlottesville-Community Attention Foster Families
Roger JohnsonAlbemarle County
Eddie KaroliussenYork Property, LLC
Leonda KenistonPiedmont Virginia Community College
Jacob KingFirst Heritage Mortgage, LLC
Jacqueline LangholtzThomas Jefferson Foundation
Jeremy LynnAlbemarle County Service Authority
Jucas LyonsCharlottesville Fire Department
Emily MartinBuilding Goodness Foundation
David McManusPiedmont Virginia Community College
James Greg MonroeState Farm Insurance
Shawn MulliganDagliesh Gilpin Paxon Architects
Janice O'HaraCTI Real Estate
Erika PerezCostco Wholesale
Amanda PfeiferBB&T
Scott RaneyLenhart Pettit PC
Sean ReevesAlbemarle County Police Department
Caitlin RiopelHabitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
James RobertsThe Draftsman Hotel
Melissa RobertsonGary Albert, State Farm
Tanashia WashingtonWoodard Properties
Glenn WassonUniversity of Virginia Health System
Benjamin WhitmerUnion Bank & Trust
Melissa YuillePiedmont Housing Alliance

LC Class of 2018 with certificates of completion
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2018
LC class of 2016
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2016
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2015
Leadership Charlottesville 2014 (2)
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2014
LC Class of 2013
Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2013

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.