Wendy McCaig Executive Director
Wendy McCaig is the founder and Executive Director of Embrace Richmond and the author of “From the Sanctuary to the Streets” (CASCADE books 2010). Mrs. McCaig holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and started her professional career as a CPA working as an auditor for Ernst and Young. Upon moving to Richmond in 2002, Mrs. McCaig obtained a Master’s degree in Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Mrs. McCaig was trained and certified as a coach/trainer in Asset Based Community Development by Communities First Association. She has spent the past ten years working in Richmond’s inner city doing Asset-Based Community Development. As a certified coach and a trainer in ABCD, Wendy has gained experience working a variety of neighborhoods with a diverse group of partners including congregations, non-profits and governmental agencies. Under her leadership Embrace Richmond has helped to launch more than 40 Citizen-Driven Community Development projects over the past 10 years.
Leroy Jefferson Strategic Implementation Manager
Leroy Jefferson joined the Embrace Richmond team in the spring of 2016. In his role as the Strategic Implementation Manager, Leroy is providing coaching and support to neighborhood leaders and congregational partners across Metro Richmond. Leroy spent more than than 30 years working in the business sector as a bio-chemical researcher, a quality control manager and a business owner. Leroy is also an ordained deacon and licensed minister with more than 30 years experience working in the local church and as the director of his own ministry. Leroy and his lovely wife of more than 25 years, Angela have two adult children and live in Leroy’s childhood home in the North Central neighborhood in Richmond.
Jackie Washington, MSW Operations Manager
Jackie Washington joined Embrace Richmond in April of 2017 as the Operations Manager. She received her master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, she will use her program planning and administration skills to develop our youth program and support fund development. She also assists with our communications. Although Jackie is originally from Virginia Beach, she has spent the last 5 years in Richmond working as a convener and community activist. She believes in asset-based community development because it empowers residents to lead their communities. Jackie believes that ABCD’s combination of social justice and self-determination is an approach that can truly heal communities. Jackie brings innovative ideas and her background in social work accentuates Embrace’s ability to understand communities at a deeper level. Jackie lives in Richmond’s northside with her partner and puppy, Nola.