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Richard Foster

Richard Foster

Public Affairs Manager

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Richmond, Virginia Area, us

Accomplished, goal-oriented, award-winning communications professional with 20+ years of experience in mass communications. Solid history of making vital contributions throughout career. Self-starter known for creativity, enthusiasm, tenacity, professionalism and integrity. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Spe...





Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Public Affairs Manager

Spokesperson and legislative liaison for foundation established by Virginia General Assembly to fund and manage statewide efforts aimed at reducing and preventing obesity and tobacco use among school-age children.
 Produce and manage social media content. (Established and maintained agency presence on sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.)
 Serve as webmaster; oversaw four website redesigns.
 Create communications products such as annual reports, brochures, videos and promotional items.
 Hire and manage freelance graphic designers and photographers.
 Developed agency app for conferences and events.
 Interface with press, public and legislators.
 Work closely with executive director, legislators, state Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
 Oversaw rebranding process when agency changed names, including new website and new logo.
 Wrote talking points for Governor, First Lady of Virginia, state Secretary of Health and Human Resources, State Health Commissioner and various legislators.
 Handled media relations for state government emergency operations during Winter Storm Jonas and February 2016 tornadoes while on loan to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, working in the Virginia Emergency Operations Center's Joint Information Center.
 Handled press relations for VIPs, including First Lady of Virginia and bestselling author/TV personality David Zinczenko.
 Created and handled event management for Virginia Healthy Youth Day, an annual event to promote childhood fitness and nutrition. Received General Assembly resolution designating it an officially recognized state event. More than 5,600 children statewide participated some years.
 Assisted with media relations as part of state team for Queen Elizabeth II's visit for Virginia's 400th anniversary.
 Coordinated legislator visits to VFHY-funded prevention programs and briefed legislators about VFHY's initiatives, budget. etc.

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Freelance Writing and Editorial Services

Freelance Writer

Clients have included Virginia Business magazine, Richmond Magazine, Style Weekly magazine, Longwood University, the University of Richmond and Super Lawyers magazine. Won numerous Virginia Press Association awards, including two Best in Show writing awards for my work for Richmond Magazine. Write monthly articles for Virginia Business on topics such as technology, commercial real estate and economic development.