Britt Festival names new executive director

The Britt Festivals' board has named Donna Briggs as executive director for the annual music festival. Briggs, who has served as Britt's development director since October 2010, succeeds Jim Fredericks as executive director, and will begin transitioning into the new position immediately.

Prior to her work at Britt, Briggs served for 15 years as executive director of the International Visitor Leadership Programs in Tulsa, Okla., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Her leadership in those roles earned her the U.S. Department of State Citizen Diplomat Pillar Award, which she was presented with in February 2011.

She has a bachelor's degree in communications and is currently completing her master's in organizational development at Antioch University Seattle. She and her husband, John, moved to the Rogue Valley four years ago, and since starting at Britt last year, she has bolstered Britt's Business Partnership program, increasing combined cash and in-kind contributions from area businesses, including adding 25 new business partners. She also secured more than $100,000 in grant contributions and, working with the executive director, developed and managed a new wine and concessions program.

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