Rawn leaves her post as director of development and communications at the Scott Family Amazeum, where she led the museum’s capital campaign efforts prior to opening and oversaw fundraising, membership and public relations efforts. Rawn held positions as director of membership at KUAF Public Radio and assistant director of development at Fulbright College, both at the University of Arkansas. Prior to that, she was the first director of development at the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter.
“The commission is thrilled Molly has accepted the position,” stated Matthew Petty, chairperson of the commission. “Her entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of regional opportunities make Molly well-suited to be Fayetteville’s next tourism director.”As executive director, Rawn will oversee a $3.5 million annual operating budget and more than a dozen staff. The Commission operates the Town Center, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Visitor’s Center and the Clinton House Museum, in addition to granting up to $350,000 per year to local proposals. Revenues year-to-date in 2016 are up more than 8% compared to budget.
“I have called Fayetteville home for 11 years and I am eager to take on such an important role as an ambassador for our city,” said Rawn. “I look forward to promoting Fayetteville within our region, state and beyond.”