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August 21, 2018

Main Street program hires full-time executive director

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Charity Furness has joined Experience Old Town Warrenton as the organization’s first full-time executive director.
Vibrant downtown areas are crucial to attract business, tourism and growing the local economy. I look forward to working with the EOTW board, local merchants, government officials and our community to reach Warrenton’s full potential.
— Charity Furness
Experience Old Town Warrenton has hired an experienced nonprofit organization leader as its new executive director.

Charity Furness previously served three years as the volunteer executive director of Fauquier FISH.

“We are thrilled to unanimously welcome Charity Furness to our team,” ETOW Chairman Amelia Stansell said. “We are excited to have a full-time executive director with her skillset, professionalism and direction, and we know she will help execute our strategic plan efficiently and effectively.”

Ms. Furness succeeds Kristina Price, who until recently worked as the Main Street program’s part-time leader.

Under Ms. Furness’ leadership, FISH increased its budget “over 350 percent through promoting brand awareness, increasing private donations, business sponsorships and obtaining grant funding,” Ms. Stansell noted. 

She also acted as point person with FISH’s stakeholders, including community, local government agencies, businesses and other organizations. In 2014, she created the Weekend Power Pack program, which serves more than 350 Fauquier County food-insecure students. FISH also received the “Non-Profit of The Year” award from the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.  

Ms. Furness serves on the board of the Fauquier Community Coalition and on the steering committee for the Partnership for Community Resources. She will remain on Fauquier FISH’s board.

“Vibrant downtown areas are crucial to attract business, tourism and growing the local economy,” Ms. Furness said. “I look forward to working with the EOTW board, local merchants, government officials and our community to reach Warrenton’s full potential.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University. Ms. Furness has lived in Warrenton since 2005 with her husband, Steve. They have two children who attend P.B. Smith Elementary School.
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