June 19, 2020 - The Great Meadow Foundation announced the appointment of Carrie E. Hull as Executive Director.
“After a very thorough search, the Board is pleased to welcome Carrie Hull as Executive Director of the Great Meadow Foundation,” said John Hochhiemer, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Carrie’s fundraising expertise and non-profit management skills coupled with her equestrian background make her uniquely qualified to lead the foundation into the future.”
Hull succeeds Kelicia Rice, who resigned as Executive Director in April of 2020. During her time, Rice helped develop relationships between Great Meadow and several national and local businesses, including the U.S. Polo Assn., Aisling Building & Restoration, Fauquier Bank and more.
Of her new role, Hull said, "I am looking forward to working closely with the greater community to showcase the original mission of the organization to ‘preserve open space for equestrian and community service.’ The impact of the programs directed on this beautiful preserved property is felt not only locally, but nationally and now internationally. Great Meadow has been a significant part of this community for over three decades. Everyone has a Great Meadow story to share."
As Executive Director, Hull will develop a new strategic operating plan, which includes the establishment of an endowment, enhanced communication, key partnerships and expanded programs. In this role, she can generate enthusiasm for Great Meadow from both longtime supporters and a new generation of stewards of open space.
“The opportunities to increase programming at Great Meadow are boundless, but we first need to renew support both financially and culturally,” Hull emphasized. “Virginia has a strong history of philanthropy and I invite everyone with a wonderful Great Meadow memory to rally behind the organization and become a financial supporter as a ‘Friend of Great Meadow.’”
Hull comes to Great Meadow following a tenure as the Executive Director of the Maryland Horse Council where she increased membership by more than 130% and served as publisher of the Equiery, Maryland's premier equestrian magazine. While at MHC, Hull stewarded and managed a $750,000 grant to create the Maryland Equine Transition Service, a statewide equine safety net initiative that provides safe alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best transition options for those animals.
A Washington D.C. resident and alumni of George Washington University, Hull has lifelong ties to the equestrian community and brings a wealth of fundraising experience. She spent the first decade of her career working in investment management during which time she was a member of Bank of America’s LEAD for Women and a committee leader for the Merrill Lynch Capital Region Women’s Exchange.
She went on to serve as the Director of Planned Giving and Strategic Engagement at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Hull has also worked on staff as a gift planner and major gifts officer at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where she directed a well-established planned giving program and managed a traditional portfolio of major gift prospects. Additionally, Hull serves as the Vice President of Planning and Development for the EQUUS Foundation, an organization devoted to animal welfare.