Fauquier Habitat for Humanity names new executive director

Darryl Neher held a similar position in Indiana

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Darryl Neher, the new executive director of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity.

After a months-long, nationwide search for a new executive director, the Fauquier Habitat for Humanity board of directors is thrilled to announce that Darryl Neher stepped into the role on Oct. 13.

Most recently serving as CEO and President of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in Bloomington, Indiana, Neher brings to the position deeply developed skill sets, including leadership and communication skills, political and business acumen, training and teaching expertise, knowledge of land use and housing policy, and the ability to articulate and implement strategic vision.

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity also serves Rappahannock County.

Having been involved with various nonprofit organizations for much of his life, Neher first came into contact with Habitat for Humanity during a home-building event several years ago. But it was during his service on the Bloomington City Council that the issues of homelessness and affordable housing came to the forefront. While there, he made sheltering and housing affordability priorities in city policy and funding, including successfully securing multi-year funding for a struggling emergency homeless shelter.

His move to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was a natural fit, and one that Neher says brought all of his capabilities into sharp focus. He explains that he had to address Bloomington’s land crisis — albeit a different one than exists here — and found ways to address them. He looks forward to doing the same in Fauquier and Rappahannock.

Neher’s initial plans include listening to various stakeholders. “Every Habitat community has different needs and expectations,” he said. “I know Habitat’s language and institutions, but I’m not yet familiar with Fauquier and Rappahannock. I need to get a broad view of the organization, so I can start thinking about what questions should be asked.”

One thing is for certain — he wants to ensure that the greater community understands Habitat’s long-term effects. “It’s easy to focus on the tangible element of homes, and that’s important,” Neher says. “But the bigger impact by far is the increased dignity and hope that leads to transformational generational change.”

Established in 1991, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is a public charity that follows the same mission as its parent organization, Habitat for Humanity, to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Proudly supporting Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, the organization is committed to acting with fairness, honesty, and respect for its community.

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