91: Coffee with Jonathan Zur

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.  JonathanZur7Under Jonathan’s leadership, VCIC increased the number of programs delivered annually by over 600%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness by groups including the Virginia General Assembly, Diversity Richmond, GreatNonprofits, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, Partnership for the Future, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Valentine Museum.RSS Pointer

An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity and inclusion, Jonathan has been a selected presenter at a number of international, national, and statewide conferences.  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.”  Prior to joining VCIC in 2006, Jonathan was a Program Manager for the New Jersey Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and founding Director of A More Perfect Union, a coalition formed in response to emerging forms of bias after September 11, 2001.

MalalaMoviePosterIn the community, Jonathan supports a variety of organizations. He is Vice Chair and Operations Coordinator for the National Federation for Just Communities, Education Committee Chair for Leadership Metro Richmond, First Vice Chair for the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, and a member of Senator Mark Warner’s Interfaith Advisory Group, the Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium Board, Hope in the Cities Council, and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council.

JonathanZur9Jonathan 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. Logo Retro For his professional work and community involvement, Jonathan received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award, a 900 Men Strong Community Service Award, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership, 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.

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