|STRATFORD, VA, (August 4, 2017) – Stratford Hall announced today that Laura Rhodes Fortsch has assumed the responsibility of Director of Development. In this capacity Mrs. Fortsch is responsible for the full range of Stratford’s funds development efforts, including the annual fund, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, Stratford’s donor societies and membership groups, fundraising events, and representation of Stratford in both internal and off-site settings.
“I am delighted that Laura has joined the Stratford team,” said John Bacon, President of Stratford Hall. “As a senior member of the staff, Laura brings extensive experience leading fundraising programs at an impressive range of institutions. Her energy, creativity and organizational skill will serve Stratford well. My colleagues and I are looking forward to working with Laura as we endeavor to increase awareness of and support for this important place in Virginia and our nation’s history.”
“Stratford Hall inspires a passion for history and intellectual curiosity with its significant historic spaces and vast natural resources,” said Mrs. Fortsch. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with a talented team of professionals to build strong relationships with our many visitors and supporters and to further Stratford’s mission.”
Mrs. Fortsch most recently served as director of development at Grace Episcopal School in Alexandria, Virginia. Previous professional experience includes development, communications and admissions responsibilities with the Smithsonian Institution, The Langley School, Foxcroft School, and Savannah College of Art and Design. Additionally, she has served in volunteer leadership roles with a range of educational institutions in the northern Virginia area. Mrs. Fortsch holds a B.A. in history from Duke University, with a certificate in markets and management studies. She and her husband, an attorney, are parents of three teen-aged daughters.