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Waynesboro native selected as Charlottesville Director of Communications

Crystal Graham
Afton Schneider
Afton Schneider, submitted

A Waynesboro native has been selected to lead the City of Charlottesville communications, according to City Manager Samuel Sanders, Jr.

Afton Schneider began her role of Director of Communications and Public Engagement on Wednesday.

Schneider comes to the city from Enviva, a renewable energy company based in Washington, D.C., where she managed global communications. She has experience leading communications strategies throughout communities in the U.S. and lobbying efforts throughout Europe along with organizing various campaigns for stakeholders with her team of multimedia and creative managers.

Prior to Enviva, Schneider worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

A native of Waynesboro, Schneider is a graduate of The University of Lynchburg. She completed her project management certification at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies in 2020.

“I look forward to serving the great people of the City of Charlottesville while focusing on transparency and public engagement,” said Schneider. “My door is always open, and I’m ready to learn how we can communicate effectively with each of you and implement appropriate changes for better information sharing.”

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.