Meet the
Shockoe Alliance

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Sal Musarra

Sal Musarra is a Virginia native with more than 35 years of professional practice in Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, and Community Planning. His experience encompasses management of planning and design activities and placemaking for downtown plans, mixed-use developments, transportation projects, healthcare, residential, commercial, and industrial sites, and public parks. He is also an experienced public meeting facilitator and a frequent participant in community engagement process for planning and development projects. Sal joined the Shockoe Alliance at its inception to help steer the group through development of Mission Statement to guide its work and in the creation of a Vision Statement for the Shockoe area.

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Ana Edwards

Ana Edwards has been chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality since its founding in 2004. The group co-facilitated the Community Proposal for Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park, the nine-acre concept for site preservation and equitable development of African and African American historic cultural resources in Shockoe Bottom--including the first African Burial Ground, Lumpkin's Jail/Devil's Half Acre, and the footprint of the second largest slave trading district in US.

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Brian Jackson

Brian K. Jackson is a partner with Hirschler, a Richmond law firm of over 75 lawyers. He has over 30 years of business and legal experience as a real estate and business lawyer, including handling zoning and other land use matters. Brian has served on numerous boards of directors in the Richmond area, including the VCU Board of Visitors. He currently serves as chairman of Venture Richmond. He is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of VCU and obtained his law degree from the William and Mary School of Law.

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M.S. Khara, PE

M. S. Khara, PE is the City Engineer (Deputy Director) overseeing the 'Engineering & Technical Services' Unit in the Department of Public Works. He is responsible for delivering a safe, efficient and effective multi-modal transportation system in the City of Richmond. This includes implementing the Vision Zero initiative. Under his leadership, the Unit is managing and administering design and construction of roadways, bridges, streetscapes, signals and other special development projects funded through private, city, state and federal funds to assure on-time and within budget project delivery.

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Elizabeth Kostelny

Since 1990, Elizabeth Stanton Kostelny has been a member of the staff team at Preservation Virginia, the nation’s first statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization founded in 1889. She began as its Curator of Collections, and since 2001, has served as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Under Ms. Kostelny’s leadership, Preservation Virginia is expanding its programs and advocacy efforts to ensure historic places across the Commonwealth are preserved and utilized. By sharing expertise gained from more than one hundred and thirty years, Preservation Virginia programs are reaching a growing community beyond the traditional historic preservation audience to support historic preservation as a tools for community and economic benefits.

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Lynne Lancaster

Lynne Lancaster is the Department of Public Works Deputy Director of Parking & Mobility and is responsible for management of the Divisions of Parking, Public Transportation & Shared Mobility. Since coming to Richmond in 1995, she was employed by the City of Richmond as an economic development professional for 12 years with nearly three decades of experience in economic development. Ms. Lancaster is the recipient of the Metropolitan Business League’s 2003 Distinguished Service Award for her assistance to small and minority-owned businesses and is a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

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Mark Olinger

Mark A. Olinger is the Director of the Department of Planning & Development Review for the City of Richmond. As Director, Mr. Olinger oversees the activities of several divisions including Permits and Inspections, Code Enforcement, Land Use Administration, Urban Design, Preservation, Planning, and Public Art. Since arriving in Richmond, Mr. Olinger has been actively engaged in Riverfront planning, neighborhood development activities, Pulse Corridor planning and Richmond 300, the first comprehensive update to the city-wide master plan in 17 years. Mr. Olinger has over 36 years of urban planning experience; he focuses on implementation and enhancing the quality of life through strategic placemaking.

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Torrence Robinson

Torrence Robinson is the Department of Public Works Deputy Director of Operations. His portfolio includes Solid Waste, Urban Forestry, Grounds Maintenance, Street Cleaning and Roadway Maintenance. Mr. Robinson started with the City of Richmond in 1991 and has over 20 years of high level management experience. He previously served as the Residency Administrator for the VDOT Sandston Residency, where he was responsible for overseeing maintenance responsibilities in three counties. He also worked with Richmond’s Transportation Engineering Division for more than 15 years, overseeing operations for the Signs, Signals and Markings divisions.

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Justin Sarafin

Justin A. Sarafin serves as Director of Preservation Initiatives and Engagement at Preservation Virginia, the Commonwealth’s statewide private, non-profit historic preservation organization headquartered in Richmond. Grounded in the historic and cultural resources of Virginia, the study, interpretation, and preservation of African American historic resources has been an area of focus in his work, from past experience at Monticello to the programs and community-focused, grassroots historic preservation advocacy efforts he is engaged in currently. A resident of the City of Charlottesville, he also sits on the Board of Architectural Review.

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Bob Steidel

Bob Steidel is the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the operations portfolio. He oversees three departments – public works, public unities, animal care and control and the office of sustainability serving the city of Richmond and the metropolitan area. There are more than 1,300 city employees providing critical services and maintaining key infrastructure in the operations portfolio. Prior to this position he served Richmond as the director of the department of public utilities. He serves Mayor Stoney as one of the Rose fellows for the 2018 project: Toward a Unified Vision – Shockoe Bottom.

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Bobby Vincent

Bobby Vincent, Jr. is the Public Works Director. His duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations for the department, which comprises Operations, Engineering & Technical Services, Special Capital Projects, Parking/Public Transportation/Shared Mobility, and Administrative Services. Mr. Vincent has been with the City of Richmond since 1992 working in the Departments of Public Works and Public Utilities. His past duties have included Deputy Director of Operations for Public Works, Preventive Maintenance Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, Operations Manager, and Chief of Construction and Inspections.

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Brian White

Brian White is longtime Richmond resident who left a position as VP of Marketing with Bank of America to return to his hometown. He participated in the adaptive reuse of 21 building inside the city, creating a mix of multi-family housing and commercial spaces. He is currently the president of Main St. Realty, a property management company that manages about 2,300 market rate and low-income residential units and 18 commercial tenants. He serves on the Venture Richmond Board of Directors, on the Communities in Schools of Richmond Board of Directors, and as the president of the Shockoe Partnership.


Other Members

Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Councilperson for the 7th District
Delores McQuinn, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates, 70th District
Selena Cuffee-Glenn, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond
Jane Ferrara, Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Economic and Community Development, City of Richmond
Jeannie Welliver, Project Manager, City of Richmond
Felicia Cosby, Richmond Public School Board, 6th District
Doug Dunlap, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Richmond

Staff

Osita Iroegbu, Senior Policy Advisor for Community Engagement, Office of Mayor Levar Stoney
Maggie Anderson, Policy Analyst, Office of Mayor Levar Stoney
Jeff Gray, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer