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Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) appoints executive director

Posted Monday, February 9, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Linda Shaw, consultant and former Senior Community Development Officer with Wachovia Bank, was appointed Executive Director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, beginning January 5, 2009. She fills the position vacated by retiring ED, Betty Bailey. Ms. Shaw inherits a well-respected, valued and stable organization. This role is particularly fitting for Ms. Shaw, whose professional career has focused on advocating for social justice and policies that positively impact families and communities.

“We are pleased to have been part of RAFI’s thorough search process during this pivotal transition time in their organization’s history,” stated Sherry Heuser, senior consultant of Capability Company, the executive search firm that conducted this search. ”We look forward to hearing of their continued success.”

Ms. Shaw received an MSW degree from the University of Kentucky and an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as the first Executive Director of the NC Low Income Housing Coalition and has worked extensively in rural economic development and nonprofit administration. She lives in Durham, NC.


Located in Pittsboro, North Carolina, RAFI traces its heritage to the National Sharecroppers’ Fund, which was founded in the 1930s. While focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States, RAFI works nationally and internationally to cultivate markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms.

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