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Leading a Historic House Museum Nonprofit

Alyson Ramsey

Alyson Ramsey
President & CEO Poplar Forest

Alyson Ramsey joined the Poplar Forest professional staff in 2002 and served as the Director of Development since 2012, prior to assuming the role of President & CEO in January 2020. She is well-versed in nonprofit fundraising and administration. She has a background in capital campaign management; annual fund development, major gift solicitation and grant writing; donor cultivation and stewardship; and event management and budgeting. She recently orchestrated and implemented the A New Path to Jefferson capital campaign that successfully exceeded the organization’s fundraising goals. Ramsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Historic Preservation and Art History from the University of Mary Washington, and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in February 2018. She lives in Lynchburg with her husband, Peter, and their three teenage daughters and enjoys trail running.

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Designated a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is an award-winning historic restoration in progress, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Poplar Forest offers a unique opportunity to hear the stories of Jefferson’s family, the free and enslaved craftsmen who built the historic masterpiece, and the enslaved people who lived and labored on the plantation.

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