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Venture Richmond announces new Deputy Executive Director

Andrea Bourne comes to the nonprofit from the City of Richmond and fills the position vacated by now Executive Director Lisa Sims.

Trevor Dickerson



Local nonprofit Venture Richmond, the local entity behind such big name events and festivals such as the Richmond Folk Festival, Second Street Festival, and  Easter on Parade has hired Anedra Bourne as its Deputy Executive Director, effective November 1st, it was announced on Tuesday.

Bourne is currently the Tourism Coordinator for the City of Richmond, and prior to that was the program manager for The Future of Richmond’s Past collaborative. Other past positions include Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the American Civil War Center, and Public Relations Manager for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In her position with Venture Richmond, she will report directly to Executive Director Lisa Sims.

“Over the last few years Anedra has led or been involved in some of our community’s most collaborative ventures,” Sims said. “She managed more than 20 community partners during The Future of Richmond’s Past commemoration, served as the city’s representative on the Richmond 2015 board and helped to plan the opening ceremony, served a key role in the launch of the Richmond Liberty Trail, and she serves as staff liaison for the Slave Trail Commission. Her hard work, strong mind, and genuine love of community have made her a crucial member of many groups who are working to better our city. We are thrilled that she’s bringing her passion and skills to Venture Richmond as we work toward strengthening the organization by implementing our first strategic plan in a decade.”

“I could not be more excited about the op portunity to work with the Venture Richmond Board and team,” Bourne said, “and to be a part of the continued evolution of our city in this new capacity.”

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.