Arlington Thrive Board appoints Andrew F. Schneider Executive Director

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Arlington Va. – February 29, 2016 – After a comprehensive search, the Arlington Thrive Board of Directors has appointed Andrew Schneider as Arlington Thrive’s new Executive Director, effective Wednesday, March 2.  “With his breadth of experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to the Arlington community, Andrew Schneider is a great fit for Arlington Thrive,” said Candace Fowler, President of the Board of Directors, “and under his leadership we will further our mission: to deliver same-day emergency funds to our neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health, and homes and thrive in a caring community.” Schneider replaces recently retired Geraldine Shannon, who ably led Thrive since 2007.

Most recently director of the College of William & Mary’s Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance, an organization he helped to create, Schneider also has wide experience in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, and public policy. He has a rich record of involvement in the Arlington Community, including service on the Arlington Transportation Commission, the Board of Community Residences, and the Yorktown Civic Association. A 2011 graduate of Leadership Arlington, Schneider received their “40 Under 40” leadership award in 2014. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA from the College of William & Mary.

“I am so excited to be joining Arlington Thrive and to help continue Thrive’s important and vital mission in our community,” said Schneider.  “For over 40 years Arlington Thrive has helped those in our community who need it the most at their greatest moments of need. I look forward to working with the rest of the Thrive team, including our partners throughout the community and our generous supporters,” he remarked. In addition to Schneider’s hiring, Shandra Niswander has been promoted to the position of Director of Development of Arlington Thrive.  Together, they will work to bolster Thrive’s ability to serve our neighbors in crisis.

Media Contact: Candace Fowler, Board President