May 8, 2020

Girls Inc. Names New Executive Director

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region has named Ashli Fragomeni as the organization’s new executive director, beginning the first week of May, which coincides with national Girls Inc. week.

Previously, Fragomeni worked for the YMCA in both New Orleans and the Capital Region, most recently serving as an executive director with the Saratoga Regional YMCA. In her YMCA tenure she oversaw regional youth development for numerous centers in New Orleans, worked in collaboration with local officials to provide summer meals and 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.  She is a Sage College alumni who also spent 4 years as the Assistant Women’s basketball coach there from 2014-2018.

“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 outgoing executive director Ashley Jeffrey Bouck who is pursuing a new career opportunity.

“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,” said Fragomeni. “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.”

Fragomeni and her fiancée Rob are planning an October 2020 wedding. They live in Clifton Park with Rob’s nine year old daughter, Lily and their canine pal, Frank.

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region 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. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting mentoring relationships in a girl-only, physically and emotionally safe environment. Girls Inc.’s research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate programs meet the needs of today’s girls.