Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Executive Director
Track D: Non-Profit Organizations
State and Regional Grant Opportunities: Panel

Angie Chandler has served as executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership for seven years.

She began her career as a newspaper and radio journalist and then spent more than 10 years in the Chamber of Commerce field serving in positions related to marketing and communications and governmental affairs in Mobile, Alabama and Asheville.

She worked for 10 years as the North Carolina Arboretum’s Director of Public Programs, and from 2006 -2009 she served as President of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, helping to organize the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Chandler, an Alabama native, has family roots in Western North Carolina spanning seven generations.

She is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Journalism and History and has completed some Master’s work at Western Carolina University. She is a graduate of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Institute, and attended Southeast Tourism Marketing College and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management.