High Meadows Fund hires Gaye Symington as executive director

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the High Meadows Fund has named Gaye Symington as its Executive Director. The Fund, a supporting foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded grants since 2004 to improve the lives of Vermonters through a better environment. Its grantmaking aims to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, encourage renewable energy development, and promote sustainable agriculture and land use practices in Vermont.Symington s twenty years of leadership in energy and rural economic development policy will bring new knowledge and experience to the High Meadows Fund s evolving work. President of the Fund Carl Ferenbach said, We were in search of a leader who is passionate about addressing the environmental challenges we all confront and for whom the specialness of Vermont is second nature. We wanted a person who would be capable of leading Vermont toward solutions, and we are pleased to say that Gaye Symington is that person.  Symington has dedicated her career to building robust food systems and promoting renewable energy and conservation. Her experience includes establishing a whole grain bakery, designing and constructing a solar greenhouse, and serving as financial manager and development coordinator of the Intervale Center, which incubates farm and land-based enterprises. During her four years as Speaker of the Vermont House, she led passage of comprehensive energy legislation focused on renewable energy and energy conservation and supported land conservation measures and initiatives to diversify Vermont s agricultural economy. Symington highlights the philanthropic sector s opportunity to strengthen economic development and promote environmental conservation in Vermont. She explained, If Vermont wants to create good jobs and build more viable communities, it needs to explore different ways of growing food, heating and powering homes, and providing transportation. I am excited to continue the High Meadows Fund s work supporting these initiatives and bringing about systemic change.Symington holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Cornell University. She lives with her husband and three children in Jericho, where they produce grass-fed beef for sale locally and in Boston and New York City.The Vermont Community Foundation is a Middlebury-based statewide public charity with more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. It also offers planned giving, nonprofit agency fund management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.For more information visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) and www.highmeadowsgroup.org(link is external).Source: Vermont Community Foundationlast_img

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