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Peterson leaves lasting mark on BRHFH

Celebrated Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Announces Resignation

[Winchester, Virginia | 10.14.2019] - Most people in the community would describe Matthew Peterson’s time at Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity as groundbreaking.  Almost four years ago, Peterson rescued the community housing development nonprofit, taking it from an organization on the verge of collapse to doubling its service area and staff.

Last Thursday, the Board of Directors announced that Peterson will resign next month from his position.  The celebrated executive director has been asked to lead the John & Janice Wyatt Foundation, which will be focusing on promoting equal educational opportunity for high-risk children and youth in the Winchester city, Fairfax County, and Dorchester County, MD regions.   

“I have thoroughly loved my time as the executive director here, and will – and already do – miss everyone and everything we’ve been doing here for the community. I absolutely believe in the mission, the real results, our staff and Board, and the measurable benefits of the programs,” Peterson said in a statement released on Monday.

Peterson has stated that he is comfortable leaving now, knowing Blue Ridge Habitat has an amazing and talented staff in place, is financially solid, and is poised on the verge of doing some incredible, innovative, scalable projects in the near future.

“I truly am happy knowing that whomever takes over will have a great foundation to do even more moving forward,” Peterson said.  

Board President Chuck James commends Peterson’s direction. “We’ve done a lot and I expect Habitat to continue doing great things. Because of Matt’s leadership, we have built a legacy that the board expects to grow even more but he leaves some big shoes to fill,” James said.

Peterson will remain an advocate for the organization and takes great pains in recognizing his team.  “I know the board is absolutely united in making sure that the good work our team created continues,” Peterson said.

“As we search for a new executive director, the board is committed to building on Matt’s legacy of expanding affordable housing opportunities in our community,” James said. “We will miss Matt and wish him the best in his new endeavors. Thankfully, we know that our staff will help make this transition as seamless as possible.”

More information about the executive director search will be forthcoming in weeks ahead.  Please visit for more details. 

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