Director, Charlottesville Works Initiative, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and Chief Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia.
In 2011, Ridge published the Orange Dot Report which analyzed the economic struggles facing a considerable portion of Charlottesville’s families and suggested solutions. Ridge founded and directs the Charlottesville Works Initiative, a partnership between the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to implement those solutions.
Ridge is now the Dean of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s new Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, which uses a peer network to identify people being left behind in our economy, and provides the training and supports they need to find quality employment in our community.