Richmond History Makers

Non-profits, businesses, community leaders, public servants, volunteers. Each and every day, our community is impacted, improved and inspired by individuals and groups whose work often goes unnoticed. That is why, since 2004, the Richmond History Makers program has reached out into the community to recognize these often unknown citizens who have made lasting contributions to the Greater Richmond region.

This year, the Valentine’s nominating categories will be aligned with the Capital Region Collaborative’s (CRC) regional priorities, allowing us to better recognize the region-wide impact of these hometown visionaries.

Honorees will be selected among six updated categories, and each will be recognized at the 2017-2018 Richmond History Makers Celebration, March 13, 2018, at Virginia Union University. You can submit your own History Maker by filling out the nomination form here or downloading a hard copy here.

2016 Honorees

Promoting Stronger Communities
Patty Parks, Richmond Public Library

Improving Social Justice
Edward H. Peeples, Jr. PhD

Creating Quality Educational Opportunities
Joann Henry, Dream Academy, Inc.

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions
Chris & Rebecca Dovi, CodeVA

Encouraging Regional Collaboration
Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism


Each of the six honorees will be recognized at the 2017-2018 Richmond History Makers Celebration (in coordination with the CRC’s Annual Community Update) on March 13, 2018 from 4-6:30 pm.


Public nominations are accepted each year beginning on September 1 and ending on October 20. You can find the online nomination form here.

Nominees should be individuals, companies and organizations who are benefiting our community by leading successful initiatives and contributing positively through innovative methods. Nominees should be selected based upon distinction in one of the following categories:

  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities. Aligns with CRC Regional Priority Education:

    Nominee will have enhanced educational opportunities for citizens, improved academic achievement or ensured a safe, constructive learning environment.

  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions. Aligns with CRC Regional Priorities Workforce Preparation, Job Creation, Transportation:

    Nominee will have demonstrated innovation and vision in building a more diverse economy, expanding the talent pipeline or improving the economic vitality of the Greater Richmond Region.

  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration. Aligns with any of the eight CRC Regional Priorities:

    Nominee will have endeavored to bring together different entities to develop solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs across jurisdictions in any of the eight priority areas.

  • Championing Social Justice. Aligns with CRC Regional Priority Social Stability:

    Nominee will have shown a commitment to building social stability, ensuring equity and promoting diversity, access and
    opportunity for all.

  • Promoting Stronger Communities. Aligns with CRC Regional Priority Healthy Communities:

    Nominee will have worked to address pressing environmental or health issues to in order to make lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.

  • NEW CATEGORY FOR 2018 – Advancing Our Quality of Life. Aligns with CRC Priorities Quality Place, James River, Transportation:

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

Areas of Impact

The nominee will have made a difference in one or more of the following Richmond region areas:

  • Ashland
  • Charles City
  • Chesterfield
  • Goochland
  • Hanover
  • Henrico
  • New Kent
  • Powhatan
  • Richmond City

2018 Sponsors