Kim Herbstritt slated to become the next Executive Director of Blue Ridge Habitat
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the naming of Kim Herbtritt as the new Executive Director of Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity. Kim has over twenty years of experience with nonprofits in leadership and management roles. Locally, she has led Literacy Volunteers – Winchester Area as the Executive Director and, more recently, served as Director of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, a position she is giving up to in order to take the reins of Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity starting Feb. 13.
Herbstritt was selected from a pool of about 60 applicants based on her extensive experience working with nonprofits. Ms. Herbstritt holds a degree in psychology with honors from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She is a graduate of the Community Leadership Program at the Top of Virginia Region Chamber and completed the City's INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy. In addition, Ms. Herbstritt is a local small business owner, operating Shady Knoll Mushroom Farm LLC. In November 2018, she was elected to the Winchester City Common Council. For the past two years, Herbstritt's full-time focus has been her mushroom-growing business, Shady Knoll Mushroom Farm, which she said she'll continue to operate while working with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity.
The role of the Executive Director will tap into every bit of experience she has gained over the years while serving nonprofits. Habitat's core mission is to provide affordable housing to low-income individuals and families, so it incorporates elements of construction, mortgage lending, retail, and social service work.
Since its formation in 1996, Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity has built 78 homes and repaired numerous others in its service area of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah counties. Clients who are selected for the program earn a house with a manageable mortgage payment in exchange for assisting with the home's construction, attending training courses, and volunteering with other local organizations.
We are delighted to welcome Kim to her new role with the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity team.