Board of Directors

“CBI, once you have experienced what we do, has a way of grabbing hold and not letting go...”
- Former CBI Board Co-Chair Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr.

Community Building Initiative (CBI) is led by a Board of Directors charged with not only providing strategic direction to the organization but also creating an opportunity for personal growth and learning by its members. This two-pronged leadership model increases the community’s capacity for deepened dialogue and understanding by equipping civic leaders with knowledge, information and tools to affect change in their own circles and organizations, consequently bringing CBI’s work to the broader community.

CBI’s leadership is representative of the community it serves, drawing from a breadth of organizations, racial and ethnic groups, government, non-profit and for-profit constituencies.

2017 Board of Directors                      

Astrid Chirinos
Chief Development Executive
Latin American Economic Development Corp. 

Jenni Gaisbauer, Secretary
Executive Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

Sally Geaney
Senior Managing Director 
National Contact Center, TIAA
Megan Liddle Gude
Director, Uptown Neighborhoods
Charlotte Center City Partners

Rose Hamid
Muslim Women of the Carolinas

Byron Hawkins, Treasurer
Senior Vice President 
Global Technology & Operations
Bank of America

Brian Heslin
Moore & Van Allen

Jon Joffe
Senior VP, Human Resources
Carolinas Healthcare System

Greg Kilpatrick 
McGuire Woods LLP

Mike Manning, Immediate Past Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Richard McDermott 
Alston & Bird
Katherine Mooring,
Senior VP, Programs & Services
Arts & Science Council

Willie Ratchford
Executive Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee

Ann Sanders, Vice Chair
Council for Children's Rights

Gerald Smith
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Brenda Tindal
Staff Historian
Levine Museum of the New South

Anthony Trotman
Assistant County Manager
Mecklenburg County

Dianna Ward
Executive Director
Charlotte B Cycle

Jenny Ward
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Bank of America

Tom Warshauer, Chair
Manager, Community Engagement
Housing & Neighborhood Services
City of Charlotte

Tom Zweng
EVP & Chief Medical Officer
Novant Health