Anna Symington has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Key West Art Center in Key West and will be leaving Habitat for Humanity at the end of October, 2015.
Prior to coming to the Keys in 1996 Anna was Assistant to the CEO of the New York State Historical Association and Fenimore Art Museum. The opportunity to work in arts administration again was something she felt she could not pass up. The Key West Art Center was established in 1960 and is the first art gallery in Key West and the oldest nonprofit arts organization in the Keys.
Anna’s involvement in Habitat’s mission extends back more than 10 years as a volunteer, Board member and employee. Anna came to Habitat as a volunteer after meeting Bert Laudenslager at a church function and together they worked to expand the home repair program in Key West. Anna met Mark Moss during this time and both of them joined the board, serving as President in succeeding years.
As an employee of Habitat for the last 7 years, Anna has taken on many important roles; from coordinating family selection for the home ownership opportunities, recruiting volunteers, managing social media and donor relations, and organizing administrative operations. There have been many successes under her watch. Most importantly, Anna translated her passion and commitment to help our community into actions that have provided safe, decent and affordable homes. “We at Habitat for Humanity are grateful for the service Anna has rendered. We support her as she embarks on this new form of service to the Key West community,” said Debbie Batty, Board President.
“Habitat’s vision and mission principles allows me to live out the doctrine of my Episcopal faith; in particular to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human; seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.’