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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Charlottesville City Manager Selects Director of Communications & Public Engagement

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September 7, 2023

Charlottesville City Manager Selects Director of Communications & Public Engagement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Charlottesville City Manager, Samuel Sanders, Jr. has selected a new Director of Communications and Public Engagement, Afton Schneider, who started her role on Wednesday, September 6th

Afton 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. Southeast and lobbying efforts throughout Europe along with organizing various campaigns for stakeholders with her team of multimedia and creative managers. Prior to Enviva, Afton worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

As a native of Waynesboro, VA, Afton 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 Afton Schneider. She added, “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.”

For all press and media inquiries, please reach out to Afton Schneider directly at or 434-970-3129.

For more information on City Communications, please visit

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Afton Schneider
Director of Communications & Public Engagement
City of Charlottesville

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