Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law, will take a leave of absence from his academic post to become the first director of the Office of Community Wealth Building. Williamson is co-chair of the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty.

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Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones has named University of Richmond professor Thad Williamson as the first director of the Office of Community Wealth Building, a new entity that will help coordinate various aspects of city anti-poverty initiatives.

Williamson, an associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics, and law, has been granted leave from his academic post and will join the mayor’s administration June 1.

“Thad is known locally as an articulate advocate for economic and social justice and is known nationally and internationally as a political scientist focused on issues of urban politics and social justice and social change,” the mayor said in a news conference at City Hall. “He’s been involved in our efforts to reduce poverty from the start.”

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