About The Enrichmond Foundation
Our mission is to serve the people, parks, and public space of the City of Richmond. Since 1990, we have enacted our mission by supporting The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities through citizen involvement, education, and fundraising. The most prevailing of these services is acting as an umbrella non-profit organization for over one hundred volunteer groups and special initiatives or ‘Friends’ groups.
Our partners include community and civic associations, outdoor enthusiasts, garden and history groups, and other citizen-based groups whose primary interest is to maintain, restore, preserve, or improve Richmond’s public recreational resources.
By affiliating with our Foundation and becoming an official partner, these committed individuals are given the opportunity to apply for grants and solicit tax-deductible contributions.
In addition, they can lean on us for organizational leadership, resources and networking. The Enrichmond Foundation is governed by a board of directors and works closely with The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. This relationship began when the Foundation was first established in 1990 with the assistance of the Citizen’s Advisory Board and The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The purpose is and has always been to provide a means for citizens to give back to their communities.
Elizabeth Ann Captain, CPA — Finance Manager
Elizabeth Captain has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
She has worked in public accounting for over 18 years. Beth received her Certified Public Accountant certification in 2015. Beth has worked at two non-profit organizations and finds the work to be very rewarding. Beth has a passion for accounting and for people.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys exploring all parts of the country on her motorcycle.
Paige Harris — Market + Event Manager
Paige Harris returned to Richmond and 17th Street Market after several years developing her project management and event planning skills in New York City and abroad. She is excited to apply her work with the Tribeca Film Festival and in experiential marketing to community programming for the 17th Street Market. Her passion for farmers and markets comes out with her most recent project, Associate Producing a documentary on the childhoods of Louisiana sharecroppers.
In her free time, she tends a small pallet garden and its accompanying barn of dogs and cats.
Erin Jenkins — Partnership Coordinator
Erin was raised in Portland, Oregon, but is proud to call Richmond home. Erin has been volunteering since she was 15 years old and is a lifelong advocate for volunteer engagement and civic groups. Erin received her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Business Administration, Management and Operations from Radford University in 2013, and has had three internships—one at a downtown association, one at a food pantry, and one with an environmental group. She has also served on the City of Richmond’s Clean City Commission and is very civically engaged.
Erin’s passions are her family, her city, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. You can usually find Erin volunteering, at civic meetings, exploring parks with her son, or somewhere drinking coffee.
Aaron MacFarland — Facilities Manager
Aaron McFarland was raised in rural south-eastern Pennsylvania where his parents operated a small wholesale nursery. Trees, plants, and nature were a big influence as he chose to continue his education, attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. After receiving two Associate degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Retail Management, and Plant Production emphases, he began working in the Horticulture industry at a local PA garden center. He and his wife then moved to Vermont where he continued his career working at an organic vegetable farm and garden center. After spending four years in Vermont, Aaron and his wife then moved to Richmond to begin growing trees for Enrichmond’s TreeLab program.
In his spare time, Aaron likes to listen to music and walk through the various parks in the city. He is also always looking for new opportunities to further his knowledge in Horticulture and discover new plants.
Jessica Maffey — Assistant Market Manager
Jessica Maffey provides administrative assistance to the Enrichmond team as the Assistant Market Manager, grant and copywriter, and IT aide. Jessica has been living and working in Richmond for four years and developed a passion for nonprofit work through her visual arts background. She received a MA in Nonprofit Arts Management from George Mason University, with a focus on organizational accountability and grant writing. Jessica’s experience interning with the Enrichmond Foundation gave her a deep appreciation for Richmond’s parks and natural habitats, as well as for the power of local movements to truly affect change in their communities. She is thrilled to join Enrichmond as it expands its important work serving Richmond’s parks and activating public spaces.
John Sydnor — Executive Director
John was born and raised in Virginia and has called Richmond home for over 35 years. John received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been in the nonprofit field for over 20 years. John has been the Executive Director of the Enrichmond Foundation since 2011 and has grown the foundation from a one-person operation to the vibrant, multi-departmental team that it is today.
In his free time, John enjoys camping the AT, building Lego creations with his son, and traveling with his family.
2017 Board of Directors
President – David Kearney
Vice President – Lesa Williams
Treasurer – Vicky Steinruck
Board Members: Tee Clarkson, Casey Cockerham, Joel Koci, Sarah Morton, Cabell Vest, Beth Weisbrod, David Young
Ex Officio: Dr. Patricia Brown and Dr. Norman Merrifield.