Elaine Williams is the RVA Thrives Director, a youth housing stability activist, trust-builder and facilitator of tough conversations.
Elaine at a Glance
Role with RVA Thrives
Director and past Community Engagement Assistant
My hope for RVA Thrives in the next couple of years is to see the community lead it. I would like to work myself out a job. I love the work that I do, but I also understand that the people that can do this work the best are the people who live it every single day. Being able to see them empowered to say like, "No, I can actually speak truth to power, and I can actually share my experience, I can actually hold my representatives and public officials accountable, and I can actually be able to create the change I want to see on a daily basis."
I love the work that I do, but I also understand that the people that can do this work the best are the people who live it every single day.
That's my hope, that communities will be equipped with the skills needed to create change around the issues that impact them, and be able to also lead in those arenas of decision making.