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Woodstock alumna to lead Gov’s Institute

Once a student, Elizabeth Frascoia is now the executive director of GIV

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is excited to announce that this month the nonprofit organization will welcome Elizabeth Frascoia as its new executive director. This is the first time that a graduate of the Institutes has taken this leadership role, and she is only the fifth executive director in GIV’s 38 years.

Frascoia participated as a student in the arts and math institutes while she attended Woodstock Union High School, and later spent many summers on staff. Most recently, she led the Governor’s Institute on the Arts for nine years. She brings a passion for building community and leading complex teams, which she did for several technology startups in New York City after earning a degree from Harvard University.

Frascoia also brings some unusual qualifications. As a professional trombonist and vocalist, she has performed with artists such as Adele, Michael Bolton, and Ice Cube, and appeared on national TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, American Idol and The Tonight Show.

“I know GIV changes lives: receiving a scholarship to the Arts Institute allowed me to expand my horizons, and gave me the confidence to embark on a music career which has taken me from a small town to performing all over the world. I am excited to help more Vermont high school students be able to access these world-class programs!”

Board Chair Jane Campbell noted that the board’s selection was “the culmination of a nationwide search that brought in an exceptional candidate pool. She stood out for her deep understanding of GIV, unique and diverse skill set, and passion and commitment to bringing the outsized impact of this powerful organization to future generations of young people.”

Ms. Frascoia takes over from Kaomi Taylor Mitchell MPA, GIV’s executive director for the last 11 years, during which GIV greatly expanded its offerings and doubled down on its educational equity mission.

Taylor Mitchell reported: “Elizabeth and I started in leadership positions at GIV at exactly the same time, so she’s been a huge part of guiding and executing GIV’s recent successes and I’ve seen firsthand the intelligence, energy, resourcefulness and deep commitment she brings. I foresee great things to come!”

GIV held summer online immersions in 2020 due to the pandemic, and programming for summer 2021 will be announced soon. All Vermont 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are eligible to apply, and tuition is designed to be affordable for every family. To learn more, please visit giv.org.

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