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Adrienne Piazza
Associate Director, Student Engagement and Director, Bonner Scholars Program

Adrienne Piazza joined the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement in May 2007.

Prior to moving to Richmond, Piazza studied and worked in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Georgetown University with a BS in Business Administration focusing on manangement, Piazza worked for the University’s Department of Public Safety. While in graduate school at The George Washington University for an M.Ed. in education policy, Piazza worked in the Office of Community Service as an Associate Site Manager for Jumpstart-DC, a nonprofit organization that pairs college students with at-risk preschool children in a mentoring relationship aimed at achieving school success. While in D.C., Piazza also served on the Alumni Board of LIFT Communities.

Piazza manages PACE: Pathways to a College Experience, alternative breaks, and the Urban Education Fellows program. Additionally, she works closely with individual students, staff, and student organizations who wish to engage with the City in one-time, short-term, or on-going service. Piazza oversees the CCE’s educational programming and events and serves as an advisor for RVAGOV.

Piazza is also a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Community Service

Higher Achievement Young Professionals Board

Q&A with Adrienne Piazza

What is your favorite/most meaningful book or film?

While I was in college, one of my roommates introduced me to a journalist/writer, Anna Quindlen. I read, and re-read, two collections of her essays and columns: Thinking Out Loud and Living Out Loud. In Thinking Out Loud, Quindlen writes about passions, politics, and current events. In Living Out Loud, Quindlen writes about personal hopes, dreams, and life in your 30s. The pair of these books allowed me to have conversations with my peers and mentors about what I believed in and how I wanted to live my life. It also gave me an opportunity to learn from a woman who balanced an actively engaged career and a fulfilling family life. The books are still right next to my chair at home.

Where are you originally from?

While I moved around a lot growing up, I consider Simsbury, Conn., my hometown.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee shop in Richmond?

My favorite place to go for a breakfast treat and a Richmond blend iced tea is Perk! on the Southside of the river.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Richmond?

My favorite thing to do in Richmond is to support local initiatives and businesses! Whether it is a new activity, festival, or restaurant, I like to try it and share the experience with family and friends.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

To me, civic engagement is a process. It is the process of getting to know your neighbors, neighborhood, city or county, state, etc. and then taking action. It is about having hard conversations, asking questions, getting your hands dirty, being present, voting, and sharing your experience with others. It's serving on a board, buying local, taking care of our shared environment, and supporting one another.

B.A., Georgetown University
M.Ed., George Washington University
Education Policy
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(804) 484-1606