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Writers Foundation drafts D.C. fund-raiser

Lisa Consiglio is the new executive director for the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, the foundation announced Wednesday.

Consiglio replaces seven-year executive director Julie Comins, who announced her resignation in September. Comins will stay with the foundation to help with the transition after Consiglio begins on Nov. 3.

Consiglio’s resume includes a stint as development director at the Washington, D.C., office of The Aspen Institute, and leadership positions with nonprofits such as the Center for Policy Alternatives and the Battle of Normandy Center. Most recently she worked as an outreach and development consultant for the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital.

Her work with The Aspen Institute sparked her interest in the Roaring Fork Valley, said Writers’ Foundation marketing manager Lara Whitley.

“It gave her an opportunity to travel here for summer workshops, and she fell in love with Aspen as the rest of us have,” Whitley said. “She’s very well-connected in the nonprofit sector and already knows a lot of people in town.”

The foundation is hoping Consiglio’s skills as a marketer, strategist and communicator will help her succeed in her new job.

“Her past familiarity with Aspen and her skills and interests meet so well with our needs at the present time,” said Susan Horsey, president of the foundation’s board of directors.

The Writers’ Foundation is currently gearing up for its Winter Words Series, which begins in January. Six authors are scheduled to visit Aspen over four months, compared to last year’s program of five authors in three months.

Whitley also said the foundation is busy cooking up collaborations with other established local nonprofits that will be announced at a later date.

Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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