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Urban League chief moves on
Patrick Graham named CEO of Charlotte Works
 
Published Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:09 pm
by Herbert L. White

Patrick Graham, who has led the Urban League of Central Carolinas for the last nine years, is moving on.


Graham is taking over as president and chief executive officer at Charlotte Works effective Nov. 1. He was a past member of its board of directors.
“I have never been more proud of the Urban League of Central Carolinas and the stability of the organization and the opportunities it offers the community,” he wrote supporters.

As Urban League president and CEO, Graham was instrumental in building partnerships with Charlotte’s corporate community while improving ties between the multi-service nonprofit and its constituents. The Urban League promotes financial independence through job training and education programs.

“Over the last five years, Urban League workforce graduates have earned over $105 million in salaries and income,” Graham said. “This is more than the previous 20 years combined.”

Graham also chaired the advisory board of the Bank of the Urban League of Central Carolinas and was director of Emergency Financial Assistance and Economic Self-Sufficiency at Crisis Assistance Ministry. He is on the board of directors at  Read Charlotte and Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and past president of the Diversity Council of the Carolinas.

Created as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board in 1998, Charlotte Works develops workforce programs and connects employment resources to schools and businesses. It has three certified career centers in Mecklenburg County and served more than 1,500 employerss and hosted 33,000 job-seeker visits last year.

“In my new role at Charlotte Works, we will find new ways to provide a stronger vision for the employees and potential talent of this region,” Graham said. “The Urban League will be a key partner in that endeavor.”

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