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The Urban League of Hampton Roads

The mission of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. (ULHR) is to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights. The ULHR implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization, and collaboration throughout communities.

Our History

The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement empowering African Americans and others to enter the economic and social mainstream. It celebrated 100 years in 2010. Headquartered in New York City, NUL spearheads the nonprofit, nonpartisan movement, while Urban League affiliates operate in more than 100 cities in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. affiliate, founded in 1978, implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization, and collaboration throughout communities.

Our Strategy

The Urban League employs a five point strategy, tailored to local needs, in order to implement the mission of our movement.

  • Education and Youth Empowerment.
  • Economic Empowerment.
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment.
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment.
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment.

Board of Directors

Urban League of Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors and Staff are integral to helping drive our mission forward for assisting African-Americans and other minority groups in the achievement of social and economic equality.

Board Chairman

JAMES S. BIBBS - Chief Human Resources Officer at Virginia Port Authority
James S. Bibbs
Chief Human Resources Officer

Virginia Port Authority

Board Members

Louisa Strayhorn - President & CEO at LSA Consulting, LLC
Louisa Strayhorn
President & CEO

LSA Consulting, LLC

Tom Hasty - Senior Executive Vice President at Towne Bank
Tom Hasty
Senior Executive Vice President

Towne Bank

Clyde Clark - Senior Vice President at Fulton Bank
Clyde Clark
Senior Vice President

Fulton Bank

Deborah Fontaine - Vice President Institutional Advancement at Norfolk State University
Deborah Fontaine
Vice President Institutional Advancement

Norfolk State University

Gaylene Kanoyton - President at Gaylene Events, LLC
Gaylene Kanoyton
President

Gaylene Events, LLC

Toiya Sosa - Regional Public Affairs & Community Relations Mgr. at GEICO
Toiya Sosa
Regional Public Affairs & Community Relations Mgr.

GEICO

Staff

  • President & CEO-Gilbert Bland
  • Management / Operations Consultant-Mary Bibbs
Health
  • Medical Case Manager-Stephen Williams
  • Medical Case Coordinator-Charles Winslow
  • Medical Case Coordinator-Felicia Campbell
  • Medical Case Coordinator-Kendra Habersham
  • Early Intervention Specialist-Sylvester Askins
  • Non-Medical Case Coordinator-Priscilla Smith
Housing
  • Housing Counselor Coordinator-Oneida Jefferies Cary
  • Housing Counselor Coordinator-Ernest Rolland
  • Housing Intake Specialist-Anita Elmore
Employment & Education
  • Workforce and Apprenticeship Coordinator-Nicole Rountree
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Our Sponsors

Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is proud to be sponsored by the following organizations below.

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Our Partners

Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. can only do what it does with the support of the list of partners shown below.

Our Partners at MLK 2020 Event