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Loudoun Interfaith Relief names new executive director

Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the county's largest food pantry, on Monday named Jennifer Montgomery as its new executive director.

Montgomery is a long-time Loudoun resident and a veteran of nonprofits in the county. She comes to LIR having worked as director of operations for Loudoun Cares and previously as executive director of the Loudoun Community Free Clinic. She is a Leesburg native and resides with her husband and two young children.

Maristeve Bradley has been serving as the interim executive director – having temporarily stepped off the LIR Board of Directors – following the resignation of Bonnie Inman earlier this summer. Bradley will soon return to the board and “has been a tremendous interim solution as LIR services have run smoothly during this transition period,” according to a statement from LIR.

“Jennifer is an exciting choice because she combines fresh ideas and energy with a history of leadership and collaboration among Loudoun's nonprofit community,” said Lisa Karl, LIR’s president of the Board of Directors in a statement. “She’ll be an excellent leader focused on serving the needs of the hungry and helping to take steps in educating the public and eradicating hunger in our great County.”

LIR is the leading hunger relief organization in Loudoun County, due in part to the support of the business community, public and volunteers. “Everyone who has come to LIR for our services has left with enough food to feed their family 3 nutritious meals for 3 days and we’ve seen this number triple in the last decade.”

“I am honored and humbled by my selection as Executive Director,” said Montgomery. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the LIR Board and volunteers. Together I know we can expand and grow to better serve Loudoun's hungry families. I have always lived with this quote from the book “Tuesdays With Morrie”: ‘The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning’.”

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