During Black History Month, The Post is highlighting African Americans who are making contributions in Charlotte.





Thursday, February 2, 2017 Section B.

William “Mack” McDonald Jr. CEO of Renaissance West Community Initiative.

McDonald, who Succeeded Laura Clark Jan 1, was the RWCI’s Chief Operating Officer before taking over the top job. RWCI is spearheading efforts to revitalize the former Boulevard Homes neighborhood through mixed-income housing, cradle-to-career education opportunities and support services.

McDonald has 25 years of experience in non-profit management, including Associate Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education at Central Piedmont Community College Ballantyne Center. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at United Way of Central Carolinas and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Charlotte Housing Authority a $20.9 million HOPE VI grant in 2010 for the revitalization of the former Boulevard Homes, located at West Boulevard and Billy Graham Parkway. The redeveloped community includes 334 units of mixed-income housing and a community center.

In four years, RWCI partnered with CMS to develop plans for a child development center and launched programs to improve economic mobility. RWCI collaborated with developer Laurel Street Residential to build 334 new units of mixed-income housing.

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