Over more than a year, the Richmond Region has undergone tremendous change, witnessed historic transformation and taken strides to confront our complicated history. Trailblazers across Central Virginia have faced these challenges with strength and resolve.

For the 2021 Richmond History Makers & Community Update Program, our six honorees remind us that amidst these difficulties, there are still so many things we have to celebrate. Your 2021 History Makers are:

Creating Quality Educational Opportunities:
Chuck English
Virginia STEM Coordinator

Demonstrating Innovative Economic Solutions:
Floyd E. Miller II
President & CEO
Metropolitan Business League

Improving Regional Transportation:
Lloyd “Bud” Vye
Biking and pedestrian advocate

Championing Social Justice:
Chloe Edwards
Advocacy and Engagement Manager
Voices for Virginia’s Children

Promoting Community Health:
Health Brigade
(Represented by Executive Director Karen Legato)

Advancing our Quality of Life:
Hamilton Glass
Muralist and Community Advocate

The Valentine and the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond are excited to partner for the 16th Richmond History Makers and Community Update, and we look forward to seeing you (virtually!) on March 9 to celebrate our honorees and to learn about our community’s progress.

Nominating Categories

Creating Quality Educational Opportunities. Nominee will have enhanced educational opportunities for children or adults, improved academic achievement or ensured a safe, constructive learning environment with high-quality programming.

Demonstrating Innovative Economic Solutions. From job creation on to workforce preparation, the nominee will have demonstrated an innovative vision in building a more diverse economy and a more stable job market, expanding the talent pipeline or improving the economic vitality of the Region.

Improving Regional Transportation. Nominee will have endeavored to work collaboratively to develop solutions that improve efficiency of and access to transportation across jurisdictions.

Championing Social Justice. Nominee will have shown a commitment to building social stability, ensuring equal access and promoting increased opportunity for all.

Promoting Community Health. Nominee will have worked to address pressing community health issues, from trauma-informed services or primary care to housing and food, all in an effort to increase access and equity across racial and income barriers.

Advancing Our Quality of Life. Nominee will have demonstrated a commitment to increasing access to cultural assets, improving environmental experiences or increasing opportunities for civic engagement – making the Richmond region a better place to live, work and play in the process.