AFP Member Spotlight
Director of Development
Loudon County Habitat for Humanity
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Sandra “Sandi” Byrd, ACFRE, rejoins AFP this year and is the recipient of one of the COVID-19 Relief Scholarships awarded by AFP. With 45 years of experience in the development field, there is no doubt that she will be a valuable peer for our chapter. Locally, she has served as the Director of Resource Development for Loudon County Habitat for Humanity for the last six years, following a remarkable career leading non-profits across the country.
“I followed my husband’s career in television news around the country for the first half of my career and served on the board of several AFP chapters during that time,” Sandi says. “I also had the opportunity to learn a great deal from the variety of organizations that I was able to work with during that time.”
“I earned my CFRE in 1986 and then my ACFRE in 2000 by working hard and learning a lot from the organization as well as from my fellow members. I traveled around the southeast teaching CFRE classes for a number of years and, again, learned a great deal from the experience.”
Sandi has led capital campaigns at organizations across the country and served as Senior Vice President of Communications & Development for Habitat for Humanity International. In that role, she was responsible for all development and communications efforts for the international house building organization with over 1500 affiliates within the United States and programs in more than 70 other countries.
Now that she has renewed her AFP membership, Sandi says, “I feel that I should ‘pay back’ some of the mentoring I have received over the years by helping to mentor others in AFP who might need a sounding board or just need someone to listen or give them advise from time to time. I love working with the kind of individuals that nonprofit work attracts!”
We at the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of AFP are excited and honored to have Sandi as a valuable member of our chapter.