Venture Richmond Hires New Deputy Executive Director 


Anedra Bourne, the tourism coordinator for the City of Richmond, will start her new job as Venture Richmond's deputy executive director on Nov. 1. Bourne has worked in public relations or marketing positions for several Richmond-area organizations and currently serves as a director for both Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the North Side YMCA.

The full press release is below.

Venture Richmond Announces Deputy Executive Director

RICHMOND, VA – Venture Richmond has hired Anedra Bourne as its Deputy Executive Director effective November 1, 2017.

Bourne currently is 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 positions include director of marketing and public relations for the American Civil War Center, and public relations manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation. In her position with Venture Richmond she will report to Executive Director Lisa Sims.

Sims said, “Over the last few years Anedra has led or been involved in some of our community’s most collaborative ventures – 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, she 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.”

Bourne has served on multiple boards over the years and currently serves on the boards of directors for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Northside Family YMCA. Originally from Annapolis, MD, she has been in Richmond for 15 years and lives with her husband and two children in Ginter Park.

Venture Richmond Board Chair Brian Jackson said, “We are excited to welcome Anedra to our organization. Her experience in tourism, community engagement, and marketing are strong assets that will allow her to make significant immediate contributions to Venture Richmond and RVA.”

"I could not be more excited about the opportunity 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."
Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization which engages business and community leaders in partnering with the City of Richmond to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy, and events.

Venture Richmond, 200 S. Third Street, Richmond, VA 2321


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