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Cindy Hosmer joins the Virginia Rural Center as Policy and Leadership Adviser

Richmond, VA (March 29, 2024) - The Virginia Rural Center (VRC) is pleased to announce the addition of Cindy Hosmer to the team as VRC’s Policy and Leadership Adviser.  Cindy has extensive experience working in the General Assembly including over 15 years supporting a state legislator and has experience in the legislative and the state budgeting process. She has worked with individuals, local governments, community leaders, state and federal policymakers, workforce and economic development agencies, and recognizes the rich resources our rural areas have to offer and the challenges they face.


Cindy understands the value of bringing people together to make connections, sharing and brainstorming solutions to challenges, imagining possibilities, and pursuing ways to make their dreams a reality, and she understands that all of that is a cornerstone to creating economic prosperity.  In her role, Cindy will oversee the operations of the VRC’s Virginia Rural Leadership Institute (VRLI), the flagship program focusing on developing and retaining leaders in rural Virginia.


“We are thrilled to welcome Cindy to the Virginia Rural Center. While this is a new position for her, Cindy is deeply familiar with the Center and has been involved with our work for many years,” said Kristie Proctor, Executive Director of The Virginia Rural Center.  “With her experience working across sectors and her passion for supporting rural Virginia, Cindy will have an immediate impact on our work.”


Cindy moved from Mecklenburg County to Chesterfield in 2016.  She has 2 adult children and a son-in-law she is very proud of.  Her daughter, who is a biochemist, lives in Pennsylvania with her programmer husband.  Cindy’s son is a Navy veteran and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia working for the federal government ensuring quality materials are provided to the Navy as needed.  Cindy is active in her church with its various outreach ministries including preparing and serving meals to the homeless.  She is a board member of her neighborhood HOA, and stays busy with a very active beagle who is a rescue.


“I believe that empowering people to become involved in their communities and taking an active part in its development and growth to become a thriving community is a creditable goal when working together,” said Cindy Hosmer, VRC Policy and Leadership Advisor.  “I look forward to leading the VRLI and finding new ways to support our rural communities.



The Virginia Rural Center is a collaborative partnership of the Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. Center for Rural Virginia and the Council for Rural Virginia, which work together on a joint mission to work with policymakers and stakeholders to create innovative solutions and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to ensure economic prosperity for all regions in the Commonwealth. The creation of the Center was a recommendation of the Rural Prosperity Commission, created by the General Assembly in 2004. Learn more about the Center and Council at




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