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Montpelier Alive Names Trautz Executive Director

Katie Trautz, executive director of Montpelier Alive. Photo by Tom McKone.
Katie Trautz, who has worked at Montpelier Alive since 2021 and has been interim executive director since September, has had “interim” dropped from her title. The organization’s board of directors unanimously voted to officially name Trautz its executive director, starting Feb. 6.

“We are very happy that Katie has decided to lead Montpelier Alive,” said Scott Van Beck, the board chair. “We’re honored that Katie chose us.”

Calling Trautz an “idea person,” Van Beck said the board was especially impressed with her Montpelier experience and connections, her energy, and her past experiences with other groups. 

Trautz is well known as a musician, teacher, and advocate for the arts. Co-founder of the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, and director of that local nonprofit for eight years, she also served for two years as executive director of the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. She started working with Montpelier Alive in 2021 as the part-time events and marketing coordinator. Last September, when Executive Director Dan Groberg left to take a position with the state, she was appointed interim executive director while the board searched for his replacement.

“I’m deeply invested in Montpelier as a community member, and I’ve really enjoyed my time at Montpelier Alive, so I’m really excited,” Trautz said in an interview last week. “I’m excited to collaborate with the community to continue to find ways to make the downtown vibrant and alive. … I enjoyed watching it come back to life after the pandemic, and I want to see the cafes and shops bustling.”

Van Beck said that Trautz is a leader who embraces inclusivity and predicted that she will bring a broader cross-section of people into what happens. He was also excited about having Trautz in the position and predicted that she will continue to push the organization in good ways.