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Dominion Energy’s Charlene Whitfield named Chair of the Greater Richmond Partnership 

July 24, 2023

Charlene Whitfield

RICHMOND, Va. (July 20, 2023) – The Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), the lead regional economic development organization serving the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia, announces Charlene Whitfield, retired executive of Dominion Energy, as Chair of the Board of Directors. Bobby Ukrop, Chairman and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods was named Chair-elect. Patricia S. O’Bannon, Chair of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, was named Vice Chair and Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, member of the Richmond City Council, moves into the Immediate Past Chair role. All positions are effective July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.  

GRP is a public-private nonprofit organization governed by a sixteen-member board made up of officials from each of Greater Richmond’s four localities plus executives from the organization’s 100+ corporate investors. GRP’s Board of Directors for fiscal year 2023-2024 are as follows: 

Charlene Whitfield, Chair 
Bobby Ukrop, Chair-Elect 
Patricia S. O’Bannon, Vice Chair 
Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, Immediate Past Chair 

Public sector representatives: 
John A. Budesky, County Administrator, Hanover County 
Dr. Joseph P. Casey, County Administrator, Chesterfield County 
Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Board of Supervisors, Hanover County 
Dr. Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council, City of Richmond 
Patricia S. O’Bannon, Board of Supervisors, Henrico County 
Lincoln Saunders, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond 
John Vithoulkas, County Manager, Henrico County 
Chris Winslow, Board of Supervisors, Chesterfield County 

Private sector representatives: 
John Asbury, CEO, Atlantic Union Bank 
Dr. Chris Chmura, Founder and CEO, Chmura Economics & Analytics 
Karol Kain Gray, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University 
Sal Mancuso, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Altria Group, Inc. 
Christina McClung, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Capital One 
Bobby Ukrop, Chairman & CEO, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods 
Charlene Whitfield, Retired Executive, Dominion Energy 
Jeff Wright, CEO, Allianz Partners 

General Counsel: 
John D. O’Neill, Jr., Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 

GRP staff serving on the Board: 
Jennifer Wakefield, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership 
Anita Saunders, Corporate Secretary of the Greater Richmond Partnership 


About GRP 

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP attracts new companies to the region by providing in-depth market data, marketing the region globally and generating quality economic opportunities. For more information, visit