Hampton native named director of city’s Unity Commission

Synetheia Newby (Photo: City of Hampton)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Synetheia Newby, a native of Hampton, was recently named the new executive director of the Citizens’ Unity Commission.

Newby has degrees in criminal justice and human resources management.

Before joining the city, Newby was director of Victim Services at the Newport News Commonwealths Attorney’s office. She has also served as community outreach and education coordinator at Avalon: A Center for Women and Children in Williamsburg.

Newby previously served as youth violence prevention coordinator for the city.

“Receiving this opportunity to partner with the community… is one of the ways that I choose to give back to the community that gave me so much,” Newby said. “[The commission] brings together diverse people and diverse cultures to create a unified community, without threatening the value of individual contributions! I’m working to see Hampton not only be the most livable city, but to also be the most hospitable and peaceable city. A city where everyone feels welcomed, accepted, embraced, and included.”

The City of Hampton created the Citizens’ Unity Commission almost 20 years ago. It sponsors activities and events that bring community members together, promotes diversity education throughout the year and sponsors the Hampton Diversity College and annual Unity Awards.

City Manager Mary Bunting said while announcing the appointment earlier in July that Newby is a “self-motivated, personable and innovative professional committed to excellence in developing people, organizations and programs. She has achieved notable success, throughout her career, by bringing diverse groups of people together to work toward achieving common goals.”

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