Bonnie Riedesel has worked as a planner for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) since 1994 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. Her work with the CSPDC includes community development, economic development, affordable housing, hazard mitigation, and transportation and greenway planning. Bonnie has extensive experience working with communities across the Valley on flood mitigation projects, community improvement projects, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and identification of resources for community projects that improve the lives of the citizens of the central Shenandoah Valley. Most recently, she has helped launch the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program that brings together farmers, agritourism operators, and local governments in a 7-county area. The purpose of Fields of Gold is to capitalize on one of the Shenandoah Valleyâ€™s greatest assets: agriculture and to market and promote the Shenandoah Valley as an agricultural destination while at the same time create jobs on and off the farm. Bonnie grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and earned her bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina. She moved to Virginia with her family after surviving Hurricane Hugo in 1989.