Co-chaired by Sheryl Garland and Dr. Clifton Peay, the Commission includes a diverse group of individuals, including business and academic leaders, scholars, students, current and past board members and community members.


Sheryl L. Garland, MHA, FACHE - Chief of Health Impact- VCU Health System; Executive Director- VCU Office of Health Equity

Clifton L. Peay, M.D. - VCU Board Member; Founding Medical Director- The American Eye Center; Ophthalmologist



Edward "Ed" Ayers, Ph.D.- Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus- University of Richmond; Historian

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D. - Associate Dean for Equity and Community Partnerships in the College of Humanities and Sciences; Professor of psychology, and founding director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention, VCU

Yvonne Brandon, Ed.D. - Managing Director- The Aria Group; Former Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools

Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Director of the Research Institute for Social Equity, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at VCU

Leonard Edloe, PharmD - Retired CEO and Pharmacist, Edloe’s Professional Pharmacies; Pastor, New Hope Fellowship

Kevin Harris, Ph.D. - Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, VCU School of Medicine

Maya Johnson - VCU School of Medicine, May 2023 graduate

William “Bill” Martin- Director - The Valentine, Richmond, Virginia

Tobi Ojo - Student-Health Services Major, VCU Class of 2026

Rhonda Keyes Pleasants - Manager-Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home



Lauranett Lee, PhD- Director of Race and Justice at Richmond Hill, Visiting Scholar in the Center for Civic Engagement and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts Historian, The University of Richmond


Matthew Conrad, JD- Vice President for Government and External Relations- VCU

Miles Gordon- Senior Director for State Government Relations- VCU

Jonsette Calloway- Communications Manager, VP for Administration- VCU