After nine years, Gillian Zettler steps down from executive director | Provided

Charleston Wine + Food wrapped another successful year after a year hiatus at the beginning of the month. The festival made big changes, including proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test and a relocation of Culinary Village from historic Marion Square to Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

On March 18, W+F announced another big change: long-time executive director Gillian Zettler has departed the festival organization after nine years for a new executive position.

“My association with this amazing team, in this incredible city, has been a highlight of my career,” said Zettler. “Leaving is bittersweet, but I have all the confidence in the organization and its people. I know they’ll continue to ground their work in patience, gentleness, kindness, and love. It’s exciting to imagine handing the baton to another passionate leader.”

“Gillian’s leadership of this organization over the last nine years has strengthened its balance
sheet and its programming, and reflected a genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion,”
said board chair Mamie Bush. “We could not be more proud of her work or more thrilled for
her new opportunity.”

The W+F board will announce an interim director and will soon start the search for a permanent executive director.

“Our 2022 festival was a huge win,” said Bush. “And the work starts now to create even more
value in ‘23. The board has full confidence in the festival’s team to keep this momentum going.”


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