Faith Brown Named Interim Executive Director

Faith Brown Named Interim Executive Director

The Smart Growth Vermont Board of Directors has named Faith Brown of Underhill, Vermont, as Interim Executive Director. Noelle MacKay, who held the position for five years, accepted the post of Commissioner of Economic, Development and Community Affairs in the Shumlin administration.

“I’m delighted that Faith has agreed to be our interim Director,” said Board Chair Robin Scheu. “Her background as chief financial officer and interim CEO at Vermont Community Foundation makes her an ideal choice to head our organization through this period of transition.”

“Faith is highly respected in Vermont’s philanthropic community as well,” added Founder John Ewing. “We are confident that she will not only lead us through our transition but help us define the next generation for our organization.”

“Noelle’s appointment as commissioner is a huge tribute to Noelle and to the need to incorporate smart growth principles in building Vermont’s future,” said Faith. “It not only acknowledges the quality of the work and staff at Smart Growth Vermont, but speaks to the critical nature of this work in the future. I’m honored to lend a hand at Smart Growth Vermont as we determine how best to approach this new era in Vermont.”

In her ten year tenure as the Vermont Community Foundation’s Vice President for Finance and Operations, she redesigned the investment strategy at the Foundation, reorganized staff in response to a three-fold increase in the endowment, and supported the board transition to the policy governance model. She also served as Director of Planning and Program Evaluation for the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.