Charlottesville hires new Director of Communications and Public Engagement

There have been many vacant positions in Charlottesville city government over the past years and on September 5, newly appointed City Manager announced that a key position has been filled. 

“I am so happy to be able to finally be able to announce that the city has a director of communications and public engagement,” Sanders said. “Her name is Afton Schneider.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Schneider has spent the last several years at a company called Enviva that works in wood pellets with the last as a senior manager for brand strategy and communications. She’s also worked for Boeing and Goldman Sachs and has a degree from the University of Lynchburg. 

According to the city press release, Schneider is a native of Waynesboro.

“I look forward to serving the great people of the City of Charlottesville while focusing on transparency and public engagement,” Schneider is quoted in the release.

Schneider started work on September 6 in the position. 

Afton Schneider (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

The last person to hold the position was Brian Wheeler who left city government in November 2021. Wheeler had entered city government in January 2018 just after he left Charlottesville Tomorrow where he had been my boss for eleven years. 

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