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Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Ann Caulkins, Co-Chair, Publisher

Charlotte Observer


Harvey Gantt, Co-Chair, Principal

Gantt Huberman Architects


Howard Bissell III, SVP & Director,Office Leasing Services

The Bissell Companies


Gene Bodycott, President & Partner

New Forum


Charles Brown, Former Director

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County


Brandy Butts, Resident

Robinson Church & Back Creek Church Neighborhood


Brett Carter, President

Duke Energy Carolinas


Dr. Ron Carter, President

Johnson C. Smith University


Camille Davidson, Assistant Professor

Charlotte School of Law


Michael DeVaul, SVP, Organizational Advancement

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Jim Donnelly, President

Pursuit Group, LLC

Jim Dulin, CEO


Rip Farris, CEO

Tuscan Development

David Furman, CEO

Centro CityWorks

Art Gallagher, President

Johnson & Wales University

Dr. Maha Gingrich, Assistant Chief Information Officer

Central Piedmont Community College

Carroll Gray, Consultant

Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission

Carol Hardison, Executive Director

Crisis Assistance Ministries

Ken Lambla, Dean

UNC Charlotte College of Arts & Architecture

Brandy Larrick, Director of Business Development & Tourism

Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority

Stefan Latorre, Attorney at Law

The Law Offices of Stefan R. Latorre

Mark Linsz, Senior Vice President & Corporate Treasurer

Bank of America

Viola Lyles, Director & Facilitator

The Lee Institute

Todd Mansfield, Chair

Charlotte Center City Partners Board of Directors

Terry Montgomery, Representative

First Baptist Church

Angeles Ortega-Moore

U.S. Census Bureau

Mark Peres, Founder & President

Charlotte Viewpoint

Joe Piemont, President & COO

Carolinas Healthcare Systems

Stuart Proffitt, Principal

Proffitt Capital Group

Lat H. Purser, Jr., Real Estate Developer

Lat Purser & Associates, Inc.

Thomas Ralston, Brokerage Associate

Focus Property Advisors, LLC

Pat Rodgers, President & CEO

Rodgers Builders

Laura Schulte, President

Wells Fargo East Coast

John Schwaller, Former President

Third Ward Neighborhood Association

Ruth Shaw, Chair

UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees

Terry Shook, Principal


John Stamas, Partner

Defender Capital

Colleen Turner, Resident

Fourth Ward

Dorothy Waddy, President

West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition

Father Mauricio West, Vicar General & Chancellor

Catholic Diocese

Charles Woodyard, Executive Director

Charlotte Housing Authority

Emily Zimmern, President

Levine Museum of the New South