Meet Our Local Speakers: Don Coleman and Carrie Rose Pace

It's always a huge priority for the Common Good RVA Conference Planning Team to help attendees find ways to connect the big ideas we tackle in the conference to our day-to-day lives as Richmonders. A key way we do that is through our local speakers—individuals who can offer a Richmond-relevant voice and perspective.

We're very honored to host the local speakers who have generously agreed to spend time with us on March 3rd. Please take a moment to learn a little bit about them. 


Don Coleman

Pastor Don Coleman has been married to Florence over 30 years. Don spent his early life in the public housing area of Creighton Court before moving to a foster-home in the East End of Richmond. His journey continued to being the co-founding pastor of East End Fellowship and serving eight years on the Richmond Public School Board—two years as Chairman. "Serving others into their greatness" is his life mission. At this year's conference, Don will share his thoughts on the common good and education in Richmond.


Carrie Rose Pace

Carrie is an Emmy-award-winning communicator. She joined the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC Transit System) in March 2015 as the Public Relations Manager, and was promoted to Director of Communications in May 2016. Representing GRTC as spokeswoman, Carrie engages the community and media about what’s new and next in transit. “Your New GRTC,” including the GRTC Pulse (Bus Rapid Transit) project, is currently her biggest communication commitment. Prior to working for GRTC, Carrie worked at WTVR CBS 6 News as a weekday meteorologist. During her time with us, Carrie will share about her experiences working to improve public transit in Richmond, and how that work contributes to creating a common good for the vulnerable in our city.

Tickets for this year's conference, A Common Good for the Vulnerable, are still available, but they are moving quickly. We expect to hit capacity very soon, so please don't wait to register. The cost is $20 and includes a $5 voucher to a local restaurant (Urban Farmhouse in Scott's Addition or Triple Crossing in Fulton) to be used the day of the conference.