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Former Charlotte nonprofit leader Patrick Graham takes job in Va.
New role is advisor to Richmond mayor, execs
 
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 10:29 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | TROY HULL
Former Urban League of Central Carolinas and Charlotte Works president Patrick Graham is taking a new job as senior policy advisor for the city of Richmond, Virginia.

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Former Urban League of Central Carolinas leader Patrick Graham is heading to Virginia for a new career.


Graham has been hired as senior policy advisor for the city of Richmond, an “executive advisory role” to the mayor and executives for development of “policy, regulatory, program, budgetary, measurement, and fiscal initiatives with citywide impact” according to the posted job description. His duties will also include aligning the Office of Community Wealth Building with partners on economic mobility services and the private sector. 


“It is a wonderful opportunity to help another growing city move more of its residents toward economic and social prosperity,” Graham said in a statement. 


Graham spent 18 years as an executive in Charlotte’s nonprofit community as an advocate for economic mobility and education opportunity. In addition to his work with the ULCC, Graham was the director of emergency financial assistance at Crisis Assistance Ministry and president of the Diversity Council of the Carolinas, and Charlotte Works. 

He left Charlotte Works last year after a Mecklenburg County jury acquitted him of assault in a domestic incident.


Graham led the creation of nationally certified schools and programs during his Urban League tenure, such as broadband and fiber optics, heating and air, Microsoft, construction, and coding.  The nonprofit co-developed a bank for under-banked communities that led to the creation of the Bank of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, which provided $6.7 million in loans to black entrepreneurs and businesses in its first two years.  Just as important, Graham developed and edited “Faces of Reality: The State of Ethnic Charlotte, a 2011 book and initiative to provide an urban agenda and report Charlotte's economic mobility crisis.


During his time at Charlotte Works, Graham launched the Careers4All initiative to boost workforce opportunities in racially- and socio-economically segregated communities.


“I still believe we are more globally competitive as a region and nation when we develop the exhaustive talent found in neighborhoods facing racial and economic disparities,” Graham said. “I am proud to be part of movements that helped families earn incomes, purchase homes, and start businesses to support this community. When we remove our paternal lenses and view all people as opportunities, we all benefit from the new intellectual capital discovered in forgotten individuals.” 

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