Our leadership is invested in the health, education, and vitality of Richmond, VA.

Renew sees urban agriculture as a solution for health disparities. Urban farming has the capacity to improve economic growth, food security and food quality while building healthier communities. Most importantly, urban farming equips people with the resources needed to help alleviate the impacts of living in food desert areas.


 Chika Anyadike is a nonprofit leader, government professional, educator, and community advocate who is passionate about empowering individuals and communities through policy, education, and grassroots advocacy.

Chika serves as Executive Director for Renew Richmond, a nonprofit organization that works with neighborhoods, residents, and local stakeholders in the greater Richmond region to cultivate healthier, more self-empowered communities through agriculture and nutrition education. Chika is also an adjunct instructor at Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Voting Rights, and US Government. Chika is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, where he investigates child abuse and neglect cases in the Richmond Juvenile Court System. Chika was formerly a Legislative Aide in the House of Delegates, where he worked to advocate for citizens in Virginia’s Tri-Cities region.

Chika grew up in Gloucester County, VA and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He earned a certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture from Virginia State University and certificates in nonprofit development and communications from University of Richmond.

Chika helps Renew:

Establish and maintain communication with current and potential partners

Ensure Renew’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach

Create workshop and educational materials along with garden training

Develop strategies for capacity building

Provide direction for short and long term organizational goals

Manage Renew’s resources to better serve the community

Chika Anyadike, Adjunct Professor, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University

Susan Bodnar-Deren, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael John Bodnar, Creative Project Manager, Raison Brands

Michelle Lee, Accounting Assistant, The Martin Agency

Mignonne Guy, PhD, Assistant Professor in African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University