President of WPR Consulting, LLC
Willie Ratchford is the President of WPR Consulting, LLC and the Executive Director of the
Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC). Mr. Ratchford is responsible for
developing, directing, and implementing programs and activities to maintain and improve
community relations, directing and reviewing equal opportunity investigations and
discrimination complaints, advising Committee members of and recommending solutions for
community problems, and providing staff training in anti-discrimination laws, ordinances, and
regulations. He oversees strategic operations planning, business planning, and the development
of goals and objectives for the CRC and WPR Consulting, LLC.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
and completed one year of study towards a Masters in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. He is a
graduate of the John F. Kennedy Leadership School at Harvard University (Leadership
Certification), the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Certificate of Municipal Administration), the Charlotte Chamber Leadership School and Focus on Leadership. He is also a Certified Trainer in mediation, diversity, communications, fair housing and sexual harassment and strategic operations planning.
Ratchford has been active in civil rights for over 36 years and in 1998 he received the Charlotte Area Peace Corps Association’s first “Peace Prize” for his work to reduce tensions and foster a spirit of harmony in the community. In 2005 he received the Individual Human Rights Award from the National Association of Human Rights Workers and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Race Relations in 2006, presented by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to recognize persons who have encouraged and motivated improved relationships among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In 2008 he received the Spirit of Detroit Award in recognition of exceptional
achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life. In 2011 he received Mecklenburg Ministries’ Annual Community Leader Award. In 2015 Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter presented to Ratchford the Mayor Richard Vinroot Award for outstanding community service for his work to help calm community tensions in the wake of the trial of a police officer accused of killing a citizen. He is a Past President of the National Association of Human Rights Workers.