Herbstritt has a BA in Psychology with honors from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She has also graduated from the Community Leadership Program at the Top of Virginia Region Chamber and completed Winchester’s INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy [1, 2, 6, 8].
Herbstritt owns and operates a small business called Shady Knoll Mushroom Farm LLC. Herbstritt was elected to City Council in 2018 and voted Vice President in 2021. She is on the Planning & Economic Development & Parking Authority Committee and chairs the Public Health & Safety Committee [1, 8].
Herbstritt has served with nonprofits in leadership and management roles for the past 20 years. She works full time as Executive Director of Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity and is also a member of the Housing Coalition of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Nonprofit Alliance of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, and the Rotary Club of Winchester. Herbstritt has formerly been Director of Community Investment for Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area, Training and Technical Assistance and Independent Contractor for KM Herstritt Consulting, and Vice President of Institute for Public Strategies. In her nonprofit work and civic engagement, Herbstritt has worked on issues such as affordable/workforce housing, alcohol/other drugs, childhood obesity, community policing, human trafficking, and gangs [1, 2, 6, 8, 11].
Over the past few years, Herbstritt has conducted Community Conversations, which work to inform residents on topics and create connections with city staff. She plans to listen to people and work with communities to solve problems .
In 2021, Herbstritt supported a proposed ban on guns and ammunition at any city government building, property, or city-sanctioned event .
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1 Winchester Virginia
2 The Winchester Star
5 Virginia Department of Elections
8 Winchester Frederick County Democratic Committee
9 The Northern Virginia Daily
10 The River 953
11 Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity