Heather Zippel Joins the DLA Staff


We are so please to welcome a new member of the DLA team. 

Meet Heather Zippel, our new Development Coordinator. Heather's part-time role will focus primarily on fundraising, but she will also be involved in partner and business outreach efforts. Heather's past experience has provided her with a strong understanding of the challenges facing today’s brick-and-mortar businesses as she previously owned various retail storefronts in different parts of Lynchburg and ran her own interior design business. Heather has also volunteered with many area non-profits, and she is excited to bring her talents to an organization that is dedicated to growing the downtown district. 

When asked why Heather wanted to work with DLA, she noted the potential impact she could make here. “DLA is well poised to have a measurable impact on Downtown’s continued revitalization. With solid executive and board leadership and strong community support, the organization can show significant return on the community’s investment in us. Downtown has so much potential and so many citizens who are active and want to make sure that Lynchburg is well-equipped for the next 10 to 15 years.” 

So why hire someone to focus on fundraising? Downtown Lynchburg Association is a non-profit organization, which means that every single dollar that we spend on projects and programs must be raised through individual and business giving, grants, and program revenue. As we work to make an even larger impact on the continued success of downtown, we need the community behind us. That's where Heather comes in. 

We are so excited for the future for DLA and of the organization. Read more about our 2018 Projects and Programs here. 

Welcome Heather!