SCHENECTADY — Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region, which has a branch on Albany Street, has named Ashli Fragomeni of Clifton Park as the organization’s new executive director, starting this week, which is also national Girls Inc. Week.
Previously, Fragomeni worked for the YMCA in both New Orleans and the Capital Region, most recently as executive director of the Saratoga Regional YMCA Wilton branch.
In her YMCA tenure, Fragomeni oversaw regional youth development for numerous centers in New Orleans, collaborated with local officials in the Capital Region to provide summer meals and youth programming for the city of Troy, and spearheaded a regional task force that brought the idea of training over 400 summer staff from across three local associations to life. In the Capital Region, she has worked with the Capital District YMCA based in Albany, the Family YMCA in Glens Falls, the Saratoga Regional YMCA.
She is a graduate of Sage Colleges in Troy. She spent four years, 2014 to 2018, as assistant women’s basketball coach at Sage.
“Our committee spent months conducting a thoughtful and comprehensive search for the right candidate to lead the next chapter of Girls Inc.,” said board president Julie Clancy. “We were fortunate to select Ashli just as the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting the girls and communities we serve.”
Fragomeni replaces executive director Ashley Jeffrey Bouck, who recently became CEO of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
“Our national Girls Inc. Week theme is ‘She Leads: Inspired and Engaged in Civic Life’ and it’s a fitting description for my excitement in taking the helm of an organization that has been empowering girls and young women for more than 83 years,” Fragomeni said. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, supporters, and volunteers of this incredible organization to inspire girls to find their own voices, nurture their leadership abilities, and make an impact in their communities and beyond.”
Girls Inc. has been in Schenectady since 1937. It provides free after-school programming to girls grades K-12 in its two centers, located in Schenectady and Albany. The organization provides a comprehensive approach to whole girl development, equipping girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
The organization enrolls about 1,000 girls, and has a leadership staff of six, including Fragomeni, and a mix of full-time and part-time staff, both year-round and seasonal, or about 15 people.