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New Members on Public Assets Institute Board

MONTPELIER – Steven Gold of Montpelier, Larry Mandell of Middlesex, and Gaye Symington of Jericho are the newest members of Public Assets Institute’s Board of Directors. The three, who have provided years of service to the state, were elected at last week’s annual meeting. A non-partisan nonprofit incorporated in 2003, Public Assets Institute is Vermont’s premier independent state budget and tax research organization and the source for timely and in-depth state fiscal and policy analysis. Its offices are in Montpelier.

“As Public Assets Institute approaches its tenth anniversary, we’re fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of these prominent Vermonters with impressive records of service in the private and public sectors to help the organization plan for the next decade,” said Public Assets’ president Paul Cillo.

Gold recently served as interim president of Lyndon State College. He has worked in the administrations of both Governors Dean and Douglas.  His positions have included deputy secretary of the Administration Agency and the Human Services Agency as well as commissioner of the Corrections Department and what is now the Labor Department. He has a B.A. from Haverford College near Philadelphia and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts.

Mandell has a law degree from Boston College and was co-founder of Woodbury College in Montpelier offering Vermonters the opportunity for careers as paralegals and mediators. He served as its president for 25 years. In 2008, Woodbury merged with Champlain College in Burlington and Mandell joined Champlain as Executive Vice President. He retired in June, 2010. He is now helping organizations and leaders of higher education and other nonprofits as a consultant.

Symington is executive director of the High Meadows Fund in Middlebury, which promotes a healthy natural environment and long-term economic vitality in Vermont.  She served in the Vermont House for twelve years beginning in 1997 including four years as House Speaker and six on the Ways and Means Committee. Symington has previously held positions at Ben & Jerry’s, the (Burlington) Intervale Center, and the National Gardening Association as well as having started and operated a whole grains bakery. She has a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

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