Experience Old Town Warrenton has hired Charity Furness as its new full-time executive director to guide its efforts to promote and strengthen the downtown area.
“We are thrilled to unanimously welcome Charity Furness to our team,” said Experience Old Town Warrenton Chair Amelia Stansell in a press release. “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.”
Furness joins the organization after serving as the volunteer executive director of Fauquier FISH for three years. Under her leadership, the nonprofit’s budget grew more than 350 percent by increasing private donations, business sponsorships and obtaining grant funding, the press release said.
Furness helped Fauquier FISH create their “Weekend Power Pack” program in 2014, which now serves more than 350 Fauquier County food-insecure students. During her tenure, the organization was recognized as the “Non-Profit of The Year” from the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, the press release said.
Furness also serves on the board of directors for the Fauquier Community Coalition, as well as on the steering committee for the Partnership for Community Resources and will remain a board member for Fauquier FISH.
“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,” Furness said in the press release.
Furness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and has lived in Warrenton since 2005 with her husband, Steve, and two children, Timmy and Julie, who attend P.B. Smith Elementary.