Dr. Thad Williamson

Williamson-ThadDr. Williamson — a professor at the University of Richmond — has become the Director of the newly-formed Office of Community Wealth Building for the City of Richmond, Va. In this role, he is able to address many of the issues he laid out in his 2010 book Sprawl, Justice and Citizenship: The Civic Costs of the American Way of Life.

His focus will be on what he calls the “seven silos” of the city — transit, housing, workforce development, targeted economic development, early childhood education, adolescent transition and college access.

At the university, Dr. Williamson — who lectures on leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law — has been sought-after professor and civic activist. Before his selection to the Office of Community Wealth Building, he had been activity in Richmond politics, including the fight against poverty and redistricting. He was named as the University’s Distinguished Educator Award winner in 2012.

Dr. Williamson earned his A.B. in history and religious studies from Brown University, his M.A. in religion from the Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.