About Jack Berry

 

Family and Faith

Jack and Katherine, his wife of 39 years, have two sons and two grandchildren. Their son, John, age 31, is married to Nina. Their youngest son, Brooks, died in 2006 at age 17. He and his wife are members of 2nd Presbyterian Church. Jack is an avid backpacker and volunteer for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and enjoys USTA league tennis and sea kayaking.  They are currently renovating an 1899 house in the Fan which has been vacant for twenty years.

 


Career Accomplishments

Jack served 10 years as the Executive Director  at Venture Richmond, a public-private partnership that promotes the economic development of downtown Richmond, manages the Riverfront Canal Walk, and produces major festivals and events, including Friday Cheers, 2nd Street Festival, and the Richmond Folk Festival, which attracted over 200,000 attendees in 2015.

Prior to joining Richmond Renaissance, (Venture’s predecessor organization), Jack was the County Administrator of Hanover County, the tenth largest county in Virginia, for six years. Under his leadership, the county developed growth management strategies designed to preserve the rural character of the community, directed new resources to schools and law enforcement, negotiated a long-term water deal with the City, invested in utility infrastructure to position the county for high quality economic development, implemented a pay for performance plan, expanded the airport, raised Hanover’s leadership profile in the region, and won approval for the largest school bond referendum in the County’s history.

Before his Hanover appointment, Jack was the Deputy City Manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Richmond. He was responsible for the Finance and Administration portfolio and oversaw many of the City’s largest operating departments. Prior to serving in the City Manager’s Office he was the City Budget Director, where he also directed the City’s award winning Productivity Analysis Unit.

Jack oversaw the creation of the Richmond Ambulance Service, serving as its first president.

 


In the Community

Jack is a member of the board of The Metropolitan Business League, Richmond Region Tourism, the Center Stage Foundation, and the Hanover Tavern Foundation.

Jack is a past president of the Richmond Real Estate Group and served on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ethics Committee and the Richmond 2015 (World Cycling Championships) board. He has served on the International Downtown Association board of directors, has chaired the United Way public sector campaign, and was a founding board member of Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers.

In 2003, Leadership Metro Richmond selected Jack to receive the Ukrop’s Community Vision Award. Earlier in his career, the American Society for Public Administration named him Virginia’s Public Administrator of the Year younger than 35.

Other community service:
United Way Human Services Planning Committee
Richmond Urban League Board of Directors
Salvation Army Church Hill Boys and Girls Club Advisory Committee
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Advisory Committee
Leadership Metro Richmond Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Future of Richmond’s Past Steering Committee
Children’s Museum of Richmond Board of Trustees
Bon Secours Movin’ Mania Advisory Committee
RMA Stadium Operating Committee
International Downtown Association Board of Directors
VCU School of Nursing Advisory Council
Henricus Foundation Board of Directors
Metropolitan Interfaith Assembly
Virginia Local Government Management Association Executive Committee
Greater Richmond Partnership Marketing Committee