Virginia Farmers Market Executive Director
Dr. Hutchinson has been a nonprofit executive, management consultant, public policy expert, federal contractor and community advocate for building healthy, sustainable communities for more than 50 years.
Prior to joining Virginia Farmers Market Association, Dr. Hutchinson served for the past five White Houses as the Special Advisor to the President of the United States on Health Equity and Disability. As the President/CEO of complex philanthropic organizations, having demonstrated abilities in the areas of strategic planning and capacity building, collaborative and pooled funding and in building social impact collaborations that create systemic infrastructure change within communities. In addition, Dr. Hutchinson’s focus on leveraging and maximizing support from the federal, state and philanthropic funding community and developing and implementing strategic political action and advocacy for Health Equity issues impacting multiple populations on a global scale will be extremely valuable to creating systemic infrastructure change in the sustainable agricultural community in Virginia. Dr. Hutchinson’s extensive experience in the areas of domestic and international funding and donor development, grantmaking and outreach-including facilitating collaborative, pooled and social impact funds, leveraging $852 million dollars into $52 billion dollars of social impact funds to support sustainable thriving communities, as well as grants management, project development and management, financial and administrative management and planning, multi-tiered fundraising, community relations and the public and private partnership of voluntary health organizations in the not-for-profit sector; and, her ability as a forward thinker to create critical change by building cohesion among multiple constituencies, inspiring and motivating others, and engaging multiple networks in the community while focusing on maximizing collaborative funding, developing and implementing strategic political action, and advocating for issues that will cultivate vibrant and sustainable agricultural communities across Virginia is very exciting and will be extremely valuable to the field.
Upon being named Executive Director, Dr. Hutchinson stated “I have a tremendous amount of respect and passion for the work VAFMA has done across Virginia. The need for a united voice among the field to ensure full recognition that farmers, farmers markets, market vendors, agricultural producers, market customers, and community partners all play a critical role in the success and sustainability of farmers markets in Virginia. I look forward to working with Virginia Farmers Market Association’s committed board, staff, and stakeholders across the Commonwealth to ensure we are an organization that represents our rich and diverse community in our mission to support farmers markets through education and training initiatives, while building opportunities for collaboration, networking, advocacy and innovation that supports the growth and sustainability of farmers markets statewide. VAFMA’s best days are in front of us and I’m honored to be part of its future.”
For 15 years prior to working in the non-profit sector, Dr. Hutchinson was a versatile executive manager and lobbyist for a global commercial real estate development and construction company.
Dr. Hutchinson is a native of Virginia and resides here with her family. She is an avid chef, artist, and golfer.