Community Relations Executive Board (L to R): Ledger Morrissette, Willie Ratchford, Bolyn McClung, Angeles Ortega-Moore, Pat Taft, Janet Lama and Jibril Huff
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC) is composed of a Leadership committee, a Program subcommittee and five issue-focused subcommittees:
Leadership Angeles Ortega-Moore, Chair
The Leadership committee is composed of the chair and vice-chair (appointed by the Mayor the City of Charlotte and the Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners) and the five subcommittee chairs.
Programs Joe E. Cooper, Chair
The Programs subcommittee is responsible for planning CRC meetings, developing agenda topics and identifying meeting topics and meeting locations. Activities include planning the CRC 50th Anniversary Celebration and planning retreats.
Education Demario Baker and Rhonda Taylor, Co-Chairs
The Education subcommittee's mission is to create a community-wide expectation -- beginning with kindergartners -- that all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' (CMS) students, especially those in the Achievement Zone, will graduate high school. Members of the subcommittee develop community relations youth committees at local high schools, work with Achievement Zones and develop a CRC position on CMS proposed central zones.
Intercultural Relations Vacant, Chair
The Intercultural Relations subcommittee supports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community as a resource for intercultural communication, information, tools and strategies that foster a more inclusive environment. Members of the subcommittee are developing a diversity resource handbook, a diversity training tool for cultural awareness and a community "welcome kit" for internationals who relocate to Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Police-Community Relations Pat Taft, Chair
The Police-Community Relations subcommittee's mission is to improve relations between citizens and police officers of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to enhance community trust in the process for receiving, investigating and adjudicating complaints of police misconduct. This committee is responsible for hosting the Police Community Relations Awards ceremony and reception for more than 30 years. It also conducts police hearings and monitors the youth protection/curfew ordinance.
Communications Marc Frieland, Chair
The Communications subcommittee assists CRC staff to facilitate strategic internal and external communications. The subcommittee is in charge of planning the CRC's upcoming 50th anniversary celebration and helps staff produce its newsletter, CRC Link, along with public service announcements, community awareness campaigns and publicity.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Young Leaders Lawana Mayfield, Chair
The CMCRC Young Leaders subcommittee partners with the community to eliminate gangs and youth violence through collaboration, training and technical assistance. Activities include facilitation Crossroads Charlotte Teen Theater Project sessions, the Gang Prevention Coalition and the Gang Reduction Intervention Team.