12 Sep Charlotte Works announces new President & CEO
After a comprehensive national search, Charlotte Works has appointed Patrick Graham as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective Nov. 1.
Graham comes aboard with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience – the last 15 of which have been in Charlotte – spanning workforce development, education and social service programs. Most recently, Graham has served as President and CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, a multi-service nonprofit agency that promotes financial stability and racial inclusion in the community, and chaired the advisory board of the Bank of the Urban League of Central Carolinas. He has also previously held positions as Director of Emergency Financial Assistance and Economic Self-Sufficiency at Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte and Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach, N.Y.
Graham’s community involvement includes board of directors for Read Charlotte and the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont, N.C. He was a past member of Charlotte Works’ board of directors and past president of the Diversity Council of the Carolinas.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Graham holds a Ph.D. in American History (civil rights and migration) from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in African-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Johnson C. Smith University.