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. Our Mission

CBI’s mission is to give people and organizations the Knowledge, skills, and courage to fight bias, remove barriers to opportunity and build a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

. Our Vision

CBI envisions a connected community where everyone:

  • Wakes up to discrimination and injustice;

  • Interrupts inequitable systems and structures; and

  • Steps up to champion equal rights, access and opportunity.

Our Core Values

CBI believes these inclusion and equity values make common sense, business sense and moral sense

and we are committed to these ideals for the benefit of this generation and generations to come.

. Inclusion Values

CBI believes the Charlotte Mecklenburg community will be at its best when all individuals and identity groups are valued and treated with respect. Identity groups are composed of individuals who share common characteristics such as race, economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, religious background, or physical ability.

Charlotte Mecklenburg will be inclusive when all individuals and identity groups feel welcomed and are welcomed to participate fully in the political, legal, social and cultural life of this community.

. Equity Values

CBI believes our community will be equitable when all individuals and identity groups have equal rights under the law, access to livelihood, education, healthcare, and other resources and when life outcomes are not predictable on the basis of identity.

CBI recognizes that historical and contemporary power structures have created disproportionate opportunities and barriers, at times over-advantaging some identities and under-advantaging others. We are committed to engaging and transforming individuals and organizations that are knowingly, or unknowingly, perpetuating these inequitable power structures.

Meet the Team

Dianne English

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Annetta Watkins Foard

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Christi Robinson Lee

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Megan Jones

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Board of Directors

Cathy Best

Assistant VP,
Human Resources Atrium Health

Carola Cardenas,

Executive Director,
YMCA of Greater Charlotte-Johnston

Ray Feaster

Clinical Physician Executive,
Novant Health

Jenni Gaisbauer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Sally Geaney

SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR NATIONAL CONTACT CENTER,
TIAA

Caroline Griffin

PARTNER,
Price Waterhouse Coopers

Megan Liddle Gude

DIRECTOR,
Historic SouthEnd CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY PARTNERS

Byron Hawkins, Vice Chair

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS,
BANK OF AMERICA

Brian Heslin

Deputy General Counsel,
Duke Energy

Rick McDermott

PRINCIPAL,
McDERMOTT, PLLC

Raquel Lynch

Vice President,
Career Services Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont

Katherine Mooring

SENIOR VP, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
ARTS & SCIENCE COUNCIL

Jeff Nick

Audit Senior Manager,
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Justin Perry

Principal,
Justin Perry Counseling, LLC

Kendel B. Phillips

Assistant VP, Community Relations Consultant, Global Volunteerism,
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Derrick Ramos

ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER,
MECKLENBURG COUNTY

Willie Ratchford

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Ann Sanders, Chair

ATTORNEY,
COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

Gerald Smith

DEPUTY CHIEF,
CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

Jenny Ward

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER,
BANK OF AMERICA

Tom Warshauer

MANAGER, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,
HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
CITY OF CHARLOTTE

Tom Zweng

PHYSICIAN

Sustaining Sponsors