Removing Our Blinders: A Look Back with Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

Bringing the Charleston Community Together

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
via Zoom
Category: Removing Our Blinders

Joe Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America, having served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley
Mayor Joe Riley

The city he stepped up to lead at the age of 32 was very poor, and still very segregated. The Charleston Hospital Strike, in which mostly black workers protested discrimination and low wages, had occurred just six years earlier, in 1969.

Together SC president, Madeleine McGee, also a Charleston native, literally "grew up" watching as Mayor Riley revitalized Charleston.

Join us, as Madeleine talks with Mayor Riley about his life-long focus on bringing the Charleston community together by advancing racial harmony and inclusion and challenging all citizens to demand excellence in community endeavors. 

Attendees (93)

Alex Taylor

Administrative Coordinator

Together SC

Alexandria Russell

Development Manager

Charleston Legal Access

Alice Hodges

Executive Director

Meg's House

Amanda Cote

Director of Operations

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Amy Wilson

Chief Compliance Officer

One80 Place

Angela Barwick

Program Director

Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina

Angela Johnson

Executive DIrector

Drawing Near to God Ministry

Ann Shubrick

Client Advocate

St. Cyprian Outreach Center

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Beth Ruffin


The Everyday Inclusionist

Beverly Hutchison

Executive Director/CEO

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Brianna Pee

211 Regional Coordinator

United Way Association of SC

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Crystal Geathers

Site Administrator

St. Cyprian Outreach Center


Community Relations Consultant

SC Human Affairs Commission

Dylan Gunnels

Executive Director

Haven Home Foundation (Haven Home)

Elizabeth Hartnett

Program Coordinator

SC Center for Community Literacy

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Fredrick Wichmann

El Jefe

Charleston Masters League

Gretchen Smith

Executive Director

Smith Medical Clinic

Heather Hu

Principal Consultant/Founder

HDH Advancement Group, LLC

Ida "Cathy" Breazeale

Founder and President

Columbus and Edith Rogers Mansell Foundation

Jacquie Atkins

Executive Director

Life Resources

Jamie Moon


Institute for Child Success

Jeffrey Fleming

Chief Operating Officer

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Jen Wright

Executive Director

Charleston Climate Coalition

Jennifer Bozard

Chief Operating Officer

One80 Place

Jennifer Olmert

Executive Director

Upstate Mediation Center

Josh Bullock

Insurance Agent/Resource Specialist

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Karen Quadrio

Chief Development Officer

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Kimberly Humphrey

GCS Relations Associate

Richland County Government and Community Services

LaQuinta West

Deputy Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Laura Ringo

Executive Director

PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well.

Leah Crosby

Program Office Manager/Literacy Outreach Coord.

Charleston County First Steps

Lindy Studds

Executive Director

Rape Crisis Center of Horry & Georgetown Counties

Luanne Rodgers

Chief Philanthropy and Mission Advancement Officer

Windwood Family Services

Lynn Brown-Bulloch

President, CEO

The Jonathan Foundation

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Mandy Smen

Operations Manager

Neighbors Together

Mariah Johnson

Executive Assistant

Greenville Housing Fund

Mark Ward

Director of Operations and Member Services

United Way Association of SC

Maura Langston

Business Development Manager


Michael Mahaffey

Director of Global and Regional Initiatives

Harvest Christian Ministries

Michel'le Cathey

Associate Director

The ARK of SC

Millicent Lann

Development & Outreach Coordinator

Justice 360

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity South Carolina

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Patsy Sawyer

Executive Director

Macedonia Life-Skills Center

Rachael Fulmer

SC Business Developer

Lutheran Services Carolinas

Robert S Hervey

Executive Director

Trident Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Rochelle Williams

Executive Director

Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation

Stacey Denaux


One80 Place

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Teresa Johnson

Director of People & Culture

Lowcountry Food Bank

Terri Towle

Director of Fund Development

Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Tonya Matthews

President and CEO

International African American Museum (IAAM)

Torina Wood

Federal Fiscal Compliance and Audit Manager

United Way Association of SC

31 Other Registered Attendees

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