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New Director to Guide Museum

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Introducing Emily Bodsford, the new Director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum. With over nine years of valuable nonprofit experience, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a focus on environmental science from Old Dominion University. She has expanded her knowledge in the nonprofit sector and obtained a certificate in nonprofit management.

Her journey in the nonprofit sector began at Lynnhaven River Now, where she wore many hats and worked closely with friends and community partners for nearly a decade. Growing up in Richmond, she developed a deep love for the Chesapeake Bay, spending her summers and weekends Fishing Bay marina in Deltaville, enjoying crab-catching, oyster-eating, and sailing with her parents. She is the youngest of four siblings and cherishes her close relationships with each of them. Emily’s son Blake, who is almost 7, keeps her on her toes and is her pride and joy. They live with their beloved dog Buoy in the vibrant community of Chics Beach.

“I’ve always dreamed of making a meaningful impact and working somewhere remarkable, with a view of the ocean,” Emily recalls. She feels incredibly fortunate and honored to be in her new position at the historical de Witt Cottage and Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum. She is excited to bring fresh energy and innovative ideas to build upon the incredible work already being done here.

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