A Weston resident has been named the new executive director of the Westport Arts Center.

Cynthia Armijo has previously been the director of national advocacy for Boys Town, the executive director of Boys Town New York and the CEO/executive director of the Norwalk YMCA, according to the announcement.

“I’m joining a fantastic team already in place and I look forward to getting to know our donors, community partners and all the friends of the organization,” Armijo said in a statement issued Monday by the arts center, further describing the center as “the premiere arts organization in the community.”

She succeeds Peter Van Heerden, who left earlier this year to become executive director of the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

“From an early age, I was taught that the quality of our community was based on the involvement of each of us, Armijo said in the statement. “My father was an active volunteer in San Francisco where I grew up and since my early twenties I have been a part of organizations that emphasize education and exposure to the arts.”

The arts center is “bringing art to the community in new ways and our outreach programs create a link to communities that would otherwise be disconnected,” she added.

Chrissey Hunt, the president of the Westport Arts Center Board of Directors, said in the statement, “Cynthia will lead the organization with a results orientation and an appreciation for the important role that the arts and the Westport Arts Center play in our community.”

Armijo’s appointment comes at a time when the arts center is considering relocating to provide expanded visual and performance arts programs, as well as more community outreach.

WAC officials a couple of years ago proposed a move to Jesup Green, but that plaso far has not advanced to the point of a formal review by town officials.

“We are excited to envision a wonderful downtown location for our future home as an anchor to Westport's cultural and arts community,” Lance Lundberg, the center’s board chairman said in the statement.

Armijo, who was born in San Francisco, earned an undergraduate degree at San Francisco Sate University. She is married and the mother of three girls.