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)

Jacquie Atkins

Executive Director

Life Resources

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Angela Barwick

Program Director

Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina

Barbara Black


Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Jennifer Bozard

Chief Operating Officer

One80 Place

Ida "Cathy" Breazeale

Founder and President

Columbus and Edith Rogers Mansell Foundation

Lynn Brown-Bulloch

President, CEO

The Jonathan Foundation

Josh Bullock

Insurance Agent/Resource Specialist

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Michel'le Cathey

Associate Director

The ARK of SC

Amanda Cote'

Director of Finance & Operations

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Leah Crosby

Program Office Manager/Literacy Outreach Coord.

Charleston County First Steps

Stacey Denaux


One80 Place

Jeffrey Fleming

Chief Operating Officer

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Rachael Fulmer

SC Business Developer

Lutheran Services Carolinas

Crystal Geathers

Site Administrator

St. Cyprian Outreach Center

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Dylan Gunnels

Executive Director

Haven Home Foundation (Haven Home)

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Elizabeth Hartnett

Program Coordinator

SC Center for Community Literacy

Kathryn Harvey


Neue South Collective

Robert S Hervey

Executive Director

Trident Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Alice Hodges

Executive Director

Meg's House

Heather Hu

Principal Consultant/Founder

HDH Advancement Group, LLC

Kimberly Humphrey

GCS Relations Associate

Richland County Government and Community Services

Beverly Hutchison

Executive Director/CEO

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Angela Johnson

Executive DIrector

Drawing Near to God Ministry

Mariah Johnson

Operations Administrator

Greenville Housing Fund

Teresa Johnson

Director of People & Culture

Lowcountry Food Bank

Maura Langston

Director of Sales


Millicent Lann

Development & Outreach Coordinator

Justice 360

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity South Carolina


Community Relations Consultant

SC Human Affairs Commission

Michael Mahaffey

Director of Global and Regional Initiatives

Harvest Christian Ministries

Tonya Matthews

President and CEO

International African American Museum (IAAM)

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Jamie Moon


Institute for Child Success

Jennifer Olmert

Executive Director

Upstate Mediation Center

Brianna Pee

Non-profit Consultant

United Way Association of SC

Karen Quadrio

Chief Development Officer

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Laura Ringo

Executive Director

PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well.

Brooke Robertson

Director of Marketing & Communications

Neue South Collective

Luanne Rodgers

Chief Philanthropy and Mission Advancement Officer

Windwood Family Services

Beth Ruffin


The Everyday Inclusionist

Alexandria Russell

Development Manager

Charleston Legal Access

Patsy Sawyer

Executive Director

Macedonia Life-Skills Center

Ann Shubrick

Client Advocate

St. Cyprian Outreach Center

Mandy Smen

Operations Manager

Neighbors Together

Gretchen Smith

Executive Director

Smith Medical Clinic

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Lindy Studds

Executive Director

Rape Crisis Center of Horry & Georgetown Counties

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Alex Taylor

Engagement Coordinator

Together SC

Terri Towle

Director of Fund Development

Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation

Mark Ward

Director of Operations and Member Services

United Way Association of SC

LaQuinta West

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Fredrick Wichmann

El Jefe

Charleston Masters League

Rochelle Williams

Executive Director

Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation

Amy Wilson

Chief Compliance Officer

One80 Place

Torina Wood

Federal Fiscal Compliance and Audit Manager

United Way Association of SC

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Jen Wright

Executive Director

Charleston Climate Coalition

31 Other Registered Attendees

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