- Ph.D. Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh
Tracy S. Michaud is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since returning to Maine in 2002, Tracy has dedicated her life to bringing culture and the arts into economic and community development, preserving and promoting “sense of place” while developing Maine tourism based on authentic cultural experiences.
She was a driving force behind the purchase and renovation of the Center Theatre in downtown Dover-Foxcroft and co-chaired a capital campaign that transformed the theatre into the only performing arts center in the region. Working with local economic development corporations in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties, Tracy helped research and introduce new tourism development efforts in the region.
She founded and ran The Maine Highlands Guild, which marketed traditional craft businesses. As executive director she received state and national recognition, and was the winner of the 2003 National Social Venture Competition sponsored by Columbia University, Hass Business School at Berkeley, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
The Guild merged in 2008 with the Maine Crafts Association, a state-wide non-profit organization promoting craft artists. She then served as executive director of that organization for four years. During this time the Center for Maine Craft, a major tourist destination, was created at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza in partnership with the Maine Turnpike Authority, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the Governor’s Office. She also helped design an Associate’s Degree in Traditional and Contemporary Craft in Maine’s Community College system.
Tracy has served on the Maine Governor’s Council for the Creative Economy, and the Governor’s Council on Quality of Place. She was a leader in the Realize!Maine Youth Initiative focused on giving better opportunities for young people in Maine. She served on the board of the Maine Association of Non-Profits, the National Craft Organization Development Association, and the World Crafts Council. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Maine Arts Commission and is Chair of the Traditional Arts Committee.
In 2005 she was chosen for Maine Biz magazine’s “NEXT” list, and in 2007 she won both the Governor's Award for Community Development Block Grant Administrator of the Year, and the Warren “Pete” Myrick Community Service Award. She has remained involved in her community as a member of the East Sangerville Grange, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, and the Center Theatre, and is a Trustee for Foxcroft Academy. Tracy also performs professionally and as a volunteer with various regional theaters and the Doughty Hill Band.