Garth Ainslie—who attended VES through 1981, graduated from Episcopal High School in 1984, and attended the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar—brings both breadth and depth of experience and expertise to his candidacy for VES Head of School.
Currently Garth serves as Senior Leadership Gifts Officer with Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., serving donors across the country from his base in Los Angeles, Calif. In this role, he is responsible for managing a portfolio of prospects, working closely with the Head of Advancement and EHS’s leadership team in all aspects of fundraising and donor development.
From 2012-2017 Garth served as a member of the VES leadership team. In his first two years as Director of Admissions, he grew enrollment 47% while reducing the discount rate, grew net tuition revenue by 93% and grew the 9th-grade domestic boarding enrollment 120%.
In his role as Assistant Head of School for Advancement, he introduced the Advancement structure at VES, bringing together the Admissions, Development, Marketing, Communications, and Events function under one office. He helped to successfully close the $36 million “Vision 2016” Capital Campaign by increasing capital and endowment gifts by 63% and 118% in FY 2015 and FY 2016 respectively, and oversaw the growth of the Annual Fund 30.6% over three years with three consecutive years of record Annual Fund dollars. He also directed VES’s Centennial Celebration, bringing more than 1000 guests to campus for the historic weekend event. During his time at VES, Garth also served as an advisor to students and a trusted leader to faculty and staff. Garth’s extensive connections and his ability to develop important relationships across all constituencies support the school’s business strategies.
Following his graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill, Garth served as a teacher and coach for two years at Ransom Everglades School in Florida. There, he taught 9th grade World History and 10th grade US history, was head coach for girls varsity basketball and boys lacrosse—a program he started at the school, and was an assistant coach for JV and varsity football and varsity basketball.
Financial Services and Legal Experience
Garth spent 13 years with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in New York City as Director of Institutional Equities Research Sales with a focus on growing Citi’s wallet share with clients. He built and maintained successful client relationships, provided research sales coverage to institutional money managers and managed accounts across a wide variety of investment styles and assets, including hedge funds, mutual funds and private clients. He is FINRA Series 7 & 63 licensed.
For five years, Garth practiced law as an Associate General Counsel with Vail Resorts and an associate with French, West & Brown in Breckenridge, Colo. His legal experience spans ski litigation, real estate, and corporate law, commercial litigation, employment and environmental law, M&A transactions, risk management, and general corporate practice.
Garth is currently working as a consultant with Harlem Lacrosse. He works with Marissa Hewitt, Los Angeles Regional Director, and Michael Levin, CEO, advising the team on boarding school admissions and fundraising strategies.
During his time in New York, he co-founded and served on the board of trustees, as president and coach for 5th- through 8th-grade teams of Pelham Youth Lacrosse—which now encompasses more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Board experience includes:
- Virginia Episcopal School Board of Trustees from 2010-2012, where he served from as chair of the Committee on Trustees, responsible for new trustee selection and all governance matters, as well as a member of both the Finance and Executive Committees.
- Membership on the Board of Directors from 2014-2017 of Amazement Square, Lynchburg’s national award-winning children’s museum.
- Onteora Park Board of Trustees in New York, where from 2010-2013 he served as Head of Parks, responsible for supervising the superintendent and overseeing operations at this historic Hudson Valley artistic and recreational community.
University of Colorado 1994 – JD
University of North Carolina 1988 – BA, History – Morehead Scholar
Episcopal High School 1984
Virginia Episcopal School 1981