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Fraser Murdoch named CEO of Bridges to Independence | news/arlington

Fraser Murdoch, former executive director of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, has been named the new chief executive of the Arlington County nonprofit Bridges to Independence.

Murdoch also founded a non-profit social safety net in Scotland called SoLove Motherwell and has lived and worked on six continents.

He holds a Masters in Leadership and Change Management from the University of Aberdeen and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from The Open University.

Murdoch replaces Sam Kelly, who left the region in January. Bridges to Independence operates Arlington’s largest emergency homeless family shelter, provides housing for families, and operates the Green Valley Community Service Center.

“Fraser’s appointment marks a new chapter for Bridges to Independence,” said Jennifer Mulchandani, chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. “He brings a wealth of experience in leadership, organizational growth and people management, cross-cultural skills and a compassionate warmth.”

Increased government funding through COVID relief programs and a strong economy have spurred larger budgets, larger staff and expanded services for Bridges to Independence, according to a news release. Murdoch inherits a strategic plan that includes adding new services like affordable child care.

“Like the dedicated staff at Bridges who are on the front lines serving Arlington’s most vulnerable residents every day, Fraser loves people and will be a tremendous asset to our community,” said Reverend Craig A. Harcum, member of the Board of Directors of Bridges to Independence and Pastor of the Baptist Church of Macedonia, located in the Green Valley neighborhood of Arlington, near the Bridges Community Service Center.

Murdoch said he was humbled and delighted to lead the organization. “In many ways, this position was ‘homecoming’ to me while allowing me to pursue my career in a way that gives back and helps people move forward. Bridges staff are dedicated professionals who offer front-line essential services and it is an honor to lead them.