TRHT team leaders join Initiatives of Change colleagues and members of the Hope in the Cities Council to look ahead to TRHT/Richmond in 2018. 

TRHT team leaders join Initiatives of Change colleagues and members of the Hope in the Cities Council to look ahead to TRHT/Richmond in 2018. 

Whether gathered at the table for a planning meeting or out in Greater Richmond, we enjoy working together and look forward to working with you to make the critical and timely work of TRHT a reality.  You can get to know a bit about us below and feel free to drop us a note, so we can start to get to know you.  

MEET THE TRHT Leadership Team 

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ladora carter
TRHT Operations Director

How long have you lived in RVA?
I’ve lived in Richmond, VA for 11 years.

What gets you out of bed happily in the morning? 
Knowing that there is a narrative to right; that there are historical untold stories of lived experiences passed down from generations in places that we’ve come to know and love. I also know that my son is watching every step that I take on this journey of personal and community transformation. 

What do you love most about RVA?
I love that RVA is steeped in my ancestor’s history, its access to the river and central location, as well as its rich scene of arts, food, and culture. 

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT?
My hope for RVA is for communities to thrive with equal and equitable access to quality education, health care, transportation, quality foods, housing and employment.  If  communities lack access in any of these areas then Richmond is not progressing.  We (RVA) have work to do!

How will you contribute to equity building in RVA through your TRHT role?
Reframing collaborative models on how communities, institutions, businesses and individuals collectively partner across county lines for equitable community engagement for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

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chelsea higgs wise,
MSW, LMHP-E

TRHT narrative CHANGE officer

How long have you lived in RVA?
I am homegrown Richmond that has now transformed into commercial RVA; born at Chippenham Hospital back in the 80’s. 

What gets you out of bed happily in the morning? 
My four year old usually. Otherwise, the privilege of working with RVA influencers and Richmond's finest minds are my daily boosts of energy to get out in the streets. 

What do you love most about RVA?
I appreciate the images our people produce. Gifting us with a diverse range of styles, melanin, and all creative art forms that are expressed throughout our city. 

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT?
My hope is to create a collective narrative around why equitable strategies for community building are needed due to our unique American history.

How will you contribute to equity building in RVA through your TRHT role?
As the Narrative Change Officer, I plan to contribute my energy on propping up the voices of grassroots community members. My hope is for Richmond to value truth-telling by becoming more comfortable addressing historic and contemporary effects of racism on micro and macro levels.

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Abigail Ballew, MSW
TRHT officer for racial healing

How long have you lived in RVA? 
I moved to Richmond three years ago from Northern Virginia.

What gets you out of bed happily in the morning?
I am driven each day knowing that I have the privilege and responsibility to make small but meaningful contributions to create positive social change.

What do you love most about RVA?
One of the things that I love the most about RVA is that its small city size provides opportunities for deep relationships and meaningful community building to happen, while also presenting powerful opportunities for new discovery.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT?
One hope I have is that TRHT would serve as a catalyst for underrepresented voices to be heard and for new perspectives to be included and amplified around racial equity work in the region.

How will you contribute to equity building in RVA through your TRHT role?
My focus on racial healing and relationship building is to continue to improve and expand facilitated dialogues and trainings such as the annual Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, which seeks to develop the capacity of community leaders to become trustbuilders capable of overcoming divisions of race, culture, economics and politics.

 

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Marland Buckner
Trht transformation consultant 

How long have you lived in RVA?
Since December of 2015             

What gets you out of bed happily in the morning? 
My wife, she wakes up earlier than I do.

What do you love most about RVA?
Its possibilities.

What is a hope for RVA going forward through the work of TRHT?
That it will learn there is nothing wrong with RVA that cannot be fixed by what is right with RVA.

How will you contribute to equity building in RVA through your TRHT role?
By helping make the case and helping to remove barriers - policy, legal, and economic  - that keep us from embracing the spectacularly obvious proposition that when everyone does better, everyone does better.

 

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