Congratulations, Cheryl Groce-Wright!
Cheryl Groce-Wright, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Resource Center, is the YWCA’s first ever recipient of the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice, funded by the Jackson Foundation. She has served as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton since September of 2012 and has enjoyed a career spanning more than 30 years in education and program management.
Cheryl received $17,200 to extend her social justice work in the Richmond community through education in grassroots community organizing and development. In her leadership role at the NRC, Cheryl catalyzed the grassroots revitalization of the Historic Fulton Hill area by mobilizing community members to get involved in group forums, city planning and collaborative projects.
Recently, she gathered and communicated the interests of families and business owners in Fulton Hill to the team behind Stone Brewery’s upcoming East Coast location in the neighborhood. Her efforts established a strong and friendly relationship between the citizens of Fulton Hill and Stone’s management, ensuring the brewery will meet community interests.
Groce-Wright has held positions in youth programing and development, fund-raising, academic and social science research, substance abuse and family counseling, and college student development. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the State University of NY at Oswego, her master’s degree of education in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Groce-Wright has two sons, 18 and 15, both athletes and active in their church youth group. She attributes much of her professional success to her role as a mother, always trying to strike balance between work and home life. She enjoys outdoor activities including running, camping and hiking. She is currently a running coach with Sports Backers Half Marathon Training team and also directs a Jeff Galloway Training program here in Richmond.