Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association


Formed in 1985, the Leadership lcaa picCharlottesville Alumni Association (LCAA) is an alumni organization for the graduates of the Leadership Charlottesville program. LCAA is dedicated to continuing the networking, learning, and community activities stimulated by its members’ participation in the Chamber program. There are over 1000 graduates of Leadership Charlottesville, representing all facets of the community, with members from the public sector, private businesses of all sizes, and the non-profit sector. All alumni completed the Leadership Charlottesville program offered from September to April by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

2019 Alumni Membership Luncheon. Register here.

LCAA Breakfast 2019


2019 LCAA Events:

  • January 31: Annual Membership Breakfast (see above)
  • May: LC2019 Graduation Celebration
  • July: Awarding of LCAA Scholarships
  • August: Welcome Reception for LC2020


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Specifically, the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association strives to:

  • Support the Leadership Charlottesville program of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce by:
    • Providing scholarships to Leadership Charlottesville participants
    • Hosting a welcome reception for the new class at the start of the program
    • Serving as advisors, planners and presenters for the weekly sessions held each fall
  • Provide networking opportunities for graduates of the program to maintain and enhance their relationships with each other and the community by:
    • Hosting Socials
    • Hosting Educational Sessions
    • Attending Chamber Events
  • Promote awareness of and participation in community organizations.
  • Click here LCAA bylaws

You can support LCAA by:

  • Making a monthly or annual contribution or paying annual dues for scholarships and events
  • Serving on the LCAA Advisory Council
  • Assisting on an LC fall planning session committee
  • Keeping your contact information updated with the Chamber LCAA liaison
  • Attending LCAA-hosted events. Bring your classmates!
  • Including Leadership Charlottesville on your resume or business bio

LCAA Dues & Contributions:

Your contributions make it possible for us to continue providing scholarships to Leadership Charlottesville applicants representing a nonprofit and woman- and minority-owned businesses. This summer LCAA awarded $3200 in scholarships to  nine members of the Class of 2019. Dues also help to cover expenses related to the membership breakfast January 31, 2019.

$25 or $40 (your choice) dues can be sent via check to Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, 209 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Please put LCAA on the memo line. 


LCAA Board of Directors:

  • Bill Brent, co-chair
  • Allison Farole
  • David Foky
  • Melissa “Melly” Neff
  • Carolyn Saint, chair
  • Sara Simoneau
  • Shellie Taylor
  • Kim Washington
  • Tara Wisniewski

 Chamber Liaison: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett 

LCAA Annual Awards (presented at annual membership meeting): 

The Leaders’ Leader Award will be presented annually to the individual whose body of work models the spirit and mission of Leadership Charlottesville through demonstrated initiative, vision and responsibility, and by investing their time and efforts to contribute to the community.  Their tenured leadership has provided the people of Charlottesville with a better community in which to live, work and serve others.

Award recipients will be exemplars through the following:

  1. They demonstrate a long term commitment through  actions, guidance and consistency to serving the public needs and interest of the greater Charlottesville area across political, social, and/or economic needs.
  2. They deliver extraordinary service as an elected official, community leader, or volunteer.
  3. They are a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville from a class which completed their program at least five years previous to this award year.

The Community Leadership Award will be presented annually to the individual who models the spirit and mission of Leadership Charlottesville through the contemporary actions, guidance and creativity they have shown toward bettering this community and the variety of individuals within it. Their development of innovative new project work has provided unique value to people in the Charlottesville area.

Award recipients will be exemplars through the following:

  1. They demonstrate a contemporary solution-oriented commitment to serving the public needs and interest of the greater Charlottesville area, especially as it concerns connecting individuals to others and building a sense of shared community.
  2. They deliver extraordinary results through their volunteer service and creativity.
  3. They are a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

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.