Senior Vice President, Community and Economic Development
Richard Thurmond joined Charlotte Center City Partners in 2016 as Senior Vice President for Community and Business Development. He and his team of neighborhood directors engage residential and commercial stakeholders in Uptown, South End, and West End and advocate on their behalf. He also guides economic development and business recruitment efforts in Center City and manages special projects that make Center City Charlotte a more livable, memorable, viable, and sustainable place.
Prior to joining Charlotte Center City Partners, Richard spent 21 years with Charlotte magazine. He served as editor for 13 years and publisher for four. During his tenure, the magazine and its ancillaries won numerous regional and national awards for excellence and experienced unprecedented revenue and audience growth.
He has served on numerous community boards, including three years on the board of Historic South End and six years on the board and executive committee of CCCP. A native of Tallahassee, Richard holds a BA in English from Davidson College. His wife Ashley has worked in Charlotte’s cultural community for 15 years, and their daughter attends school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system.