Photo: University City Partners

As 2022 nears its end, some people are finding new beginnings here in the Queen City. Meet Rashaan Peek and Keith Stanley, each of whom is stepping into a new leadership role within a local organization.

University City Partners and Center City Partners share similar community development and mobility goals, and have made strategic community investments to help carry out their respective goals. Now, both organizations are trusting new teammates to support their visions.

Rashaan Peek

Photo courtesy of Rashaan Peek

This fall, Rashaan Peek started as the new chief of staff at Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP). Peek will oversee staff initiatives such as diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

She is responsible for specific projects like economic development initiatives with the SVP of Economic Development.

Before joining CCCP, Peak was the director of BlkTech Interactive. She is the founder of Your Girl, Inc Virtual Communications, Operations, and Program Management.

Previously at CCCP, she served as executive assistant to the CEO and worked as a project manager. 

She’s studied at Georgia State University, University of South Florida Muma College of Business and holds a certification in Non-Profit, Public, and Organizational Management by Duke University.

Peek, a Charlottean since 2005, has five children with her husband, three of which are CMS graduates. 

Keith Stanley

Photo: University City Partners

Keith Stanley will step into the role of president and CEO of University City Partners (UCP) in January 2023. 

Currently, Stanley is the executive director of Near West Side Partners, Inc. in Milwaukee, W.I., where he’s responsible for revitalization, community cohesion, and neighborhood sustainability efforts. 

The Alabama State University alumnus has been named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and is a recipient of the Diversity in Business Award. 

Stanley will supervise efforts related to a development plan created by UCP in 2021. The plan guides 20 years of the area’s future and prioritizes urban development, mobility and recreation, and the area’s cultural growth.

“It is an honor to lead University City Partners into its next phase of growth, strategic development, and partnership for this dynamic and growing part of Charlotte,” Stanley said in a statement.

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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  1. This is great news and congratulations to both Rashaan and Keith. It has been a pleasure working with Rashaan as she led BlkTech Interactive/BlkTechCLT throughout 2022/21.