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Downtown Ambassadors

Welcome future Downtown Ambassadors! As you already know, Richmond is commonly noted for its rich history, vibrant art scene, delicious food, and even outdoor recreation. This city is quickly becoming recognized nationwide as the place to be! And as students at the University of Richmond, it’s an exciting time to be in the middle of it all.

How can you learn more about Richmond and become a part of this blossoming city? By becoming a Downtown Ambassador!

At UR Downtown, there are so many opportunities to connect yourself and your peers to the city. Throughout our three years as Downtown Ambassadors, we have hosted various RVA First Fridays, community dinners, and Downtown Arts events, and Local Government Excursions. Most importantly, we have helped connect Richmond community leaders with our University. Of course, during all of this, we spent many of our dining dollars at Richmond On Broad Café!

The list of opportunities for Downtown Ambassadors seems to be growing as quickly as this city. This year, we are especially excited to further expand the team and recruit students that share a passion for connecting the University community to the city of Richmond.

If you are interested in joining the Downtown Ambassadors team, please fill out an application here. We can’t wait to have you on board!

See you downtown,

Emily Bradford and Johnnette Johnson
Head Downtown Ambassadors 2017-18

Meet Our Head Downtown Ambassadors

Emily Bradford

Emily Bradford is a senior at University of Richmond, double majoring in Music and Rhetoric & Communication Studies. She has been serving as a UR Downtown Ambassador since 2015 and especially loves bringing new students to see galleries and musical performances that Richmond has to offer. Emily is also a Richmond native and loves exploring new restaurants, coffee shops, and exhibits in the city.

Johnnette Johnson Johnnette Johnson is a sophomore at the University of Richmond majoring in American Studies and French. One of her favorite parts about the Downtown Ambassadors program is helping to connect her peers with the city of Richmond through civic engagement. She has worked with UR Downtown since the fall of 2016 and with partner sites the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) and the Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC). She looks forward to another year of meaningful community service and reflective conversation. 


  • Attend team excursions every First Friday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
  • Promote and host downtown events