SHARE CHARLOTTE ANNOUNCES New Board Chair
Community and Sustainability Leader to Chair Next Phase of Growth
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (12/15/22) – SHARE Charlotte, a one-stop shop for connecting with 600+ Mecklenburg County nonprofits, today announces a new Board Chair, Rob Phocas.
Rob is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at AvidXchange, which includes oversight of the AvidXchange’s Foundation and community engagement. He was also most recently the Board Chair of E2D, a nonprofit who focuses on providing devices to help eliminate the digital divide. He received his BA from Vassar College and his JD/MEM from Duke University.
Prior to joining AvidXchange, Rob was the Director of Sustainability for the City of Charlotte for ten years.
A leading voice on sustainability, Rob looks to bring all parties together to create collaborative solutions to community issues.
His leadership in forming the Tech Rising initiative, which is an AvidXchange Foundation signature program, is a shining example of his collaborative work with both the private and public sectors. Tech Rising brings together corporate partners and community organizations across the Queen City to help bridge the digital divide and create economic mobility opportunities for children and young adults.
Rob and SHARE Charlotte have partnered together for the past 2 years hosting the Tech Rising Summit which brings together 150 attendees annually to create Digital Equity in Charlotte through strategic engagement with the Center for Digital Equity, as well as other local government, academic, corporate and nonprofit partnerships.
“It is an honor to join with Melissa and the SHARE team to advance our mutual goal of creating connections and opportunities for our community to Do Good. SHARE has a ten-year history of social impact, and I am excited to work with our partners to continue to drive social impact and explore new vehicles through which every Charlottean can be a philanthropist.”
“SHARE Charlotte is so fortunate to have Rob as our board chair as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and create strategic vision to guide our next 10 years of growth and impact” said Melissa Hovey, Managing Director of SHARE Charlotte. “I have been fortunate to work with Rob for the past several years and truly appreciate his collaborative approach and wealth of experience from his work in leading a corporate foundation, board chair of nonprofit organization and government roles.”
Returning Board Members Include:
- Past Board Chair: Darlene Heater, Managing Director, Panorama Holdings, LLC
- Treasurer: Julie Ayers, Partner at Aprio
- Secretary: Jack Santaniello, Partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
- Megan Orrell, Owner of Boem Retail
- Sivilay Xayasaene, Associate Senior Interior Designer at Gresham Smith
- Jordan Harris, Director of Community Development and Outreach at University City Partners
- Tamara Johnson, Ph.D. Director of Engaged Scholarship at UNC Charlotte
- Ohavia Phillips, Media Influencer
About SHARE Charlotte:
SHARE Charlotte is building a better Charlotte by empowering nonprofits and helping people invest in their communities in ways that matter most to them. SHARE envisions a Charlotte united through good! To learn more, visit sharecharlotte.org/about. For media inquiries, please contact Managing Director, Melissa Hovey at email@example.com.