Jonathan C. Zur | President & CEO
Jonathan C. Zur is President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, business, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. Under Jonathan’s leadership, VCIC has quadrupled the size of the budget and staff, and the number of programs the organization delivers annually increased by 3,000%. Additionally, VCIC has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness.
An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Jonathan was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, formed in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville in August 2017. In 2016, Jonathan was a speaker at the inaugural White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government. His program work with VCIC is noted in the book No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities as “the best…in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school.”
Active in the community, Jonathan currently serves on the Steering Committee for the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, the Racial Equity Advisory Council for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and the Multilingual Learner Success Advisory Council for Richmond Public Schools. Previously, he was a Gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Commission on African American History Education, the Virginia Complete Count Commission, and the Virginia Task Force on Culturally Inclusive School Meals and Calendars.
Jonathan earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and he received a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. For his professional work and community involvement, he received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and the Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award, among other recognitions. Additionally, Jonathan was a finalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2015 Person of the Year, and he was named one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2009.