Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 3: Creating a Thriving Community


Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 3: Creating a Thriving Community


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Interview series, part of the Richmond Racial Equity Essays project. In this podcast, urban planner and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Ebony Walden talks with 15 Richmonders from all walks of life and sectors to explore their visions for an equitable Richmond, especially as it relates to racial equity, and the strategies that will help us get there. We hope this can be a model for discussion in other U.S. cities.

Greta Harris:

Greta J. Harris joined the Better Housing Coalition in August 2013 as President and CEO. Prior to leading BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community and economic development organization where she lead local offices in southern and mid-western regions. Ms. Harris was elected to the board of Markel Corporation in 2021, and appointed to the Virginia Tech University Board of Visitors in 2016. She also serves on the boards of ChamberRVA, the Partnership for Housing Affordability, the Housing Partnership Network and the Richmond Jazz Society. She co-chairs the Commonwealth of Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission.

Laura Lafayette:

Laura Lafayette is the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service—two organizations that serve the almost 7,000 REALTORS® in Central Virginia. Laura also serves as the Executive Director for the Partnership for Housing Affordability. Within the broader community, Laura serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Housing Commission; is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Housing Forward Virginia; is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Maggie L. Walker Community Land Trust; and serves on the Boards of ACTS and the Peter Paul Development Center as well as LISC’s Local Advisory Committee and the Vestry of Christ Church Episcopal.

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December 2021


Richmond Racial Equity Essays


Ebony talks with affordable housing leaders Greta Harris of Better Housing Coalition and Richmond Association of Realtor’s Laura Lafayette, and they cast a vision for removing barriers so that everyone can thrive in Richmond.


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Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 3: Creating a Thriving Community