Panel Moderator: Lessons From Leaders
Anna Bentson, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Tourism, City of Lynchburg
Anna Bentson is the Assistant Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Lynchburg. In her role, Anna leads tourism and economic development marketing, entrepreneurship and business development for the City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority.
Anna has a strong background in nonprofit management and cause marketing with a passion for urban revitalization and creative placemaking, having served as the marketing director for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the director of the Downtown Lynchburg Association. In addition to supporting Lynchburg’s businesses to attract and retain jobs and capital investment, Anna has led place-based and entrepreneurial efforts for the City of Lynchburg including the development of Create Lynchburg, CO.STARTERS and Launched in Lynchburg.
She is a graduate of the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and has earned a Certificate in Creatives Cities and Economic Development at NYU and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Lynchburg. Anna was named a Lynchburg Region “Millennial on the Move” in its inaugural year and serves on the boards of the Lynchburg Business Development Centre, the Downtown Lynchburg Association and the International Economic Development Council Awards Advisory Committee. Anna loves old houses, bulldogs, listening to vinyl and reading time-travel books.