Acosta Returns to Loudoun as Community Foundation’s Programs, Grants Director

Nicole Acosta, former executive director of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, is returning to work in Loudoun County.

For the past 10 months, Acosta has worked as the countywide domestic violence coordinator for Fairfax County’s Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. On Friday, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties announced that she will soon come on staff as the organization’s nonprofit programs and grants director.

“Nicole will be an incredible addition to the Community Foundation, and we are thrilled she has agreed to help us expand our capabilities with this new position,” stated Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

Owen said Acosta’s expertise of nonprofit structure, funding, and the Loudoun area will serve the Community Foundation well. As the director of Nonprofit Programs and Grants, she will help guide leadership initiatives within the Community Foundation, as well as directly oversee and direct media outreach and communications, grantmaking, and training programs for area nonprofit leaders and organizations. She also will support programs in donor education.

“This position will help us to amplify our understanding of what our local nonprofits need, which is critical as we look to the future,” Owen stated. “Nicole is a great fit, because she understands the need to tie strategic direction to real-time outcomes. Her natural ability to focus on detail while also bringing big picture and big vision will be an invaluable asset to the Community Foundation.”

Acosta’s 12-year tenure as a nonprofit in Loudoun County started at LAWS, working overnight shifts while working towards her master’s degree in social work during the day. She rose through the ranks and served as executive director of the organization for five years.

“During my time with LAWS, I experienced firsthand the Community Foundation’s impact in Loudoun and Fauquier and I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a part of that impact in my home community.  Amy Owen’s outstanding leadership, the generosity of our community’s donors, and our vibrant network of nonprofit organizations are among the many reasons I’m grateful and humbled to have been selected for this new position.”

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