Frazier Millner Armstrong, who grew up in Chatham, was listed in Virginia Business's "100 People to Meet in 2020" list as an "Impact Maker," one of seven "impactful Virginians who use their influence to empower others.”
"It came as quite a surprise," Armstrong said. "I am honored, humbled and delighted."
Armstrong is the daughter of Audrey and Vic Millner, two well-known members of the community. Armstrong attributes her passion for community engagement and making connections to having her parents, especially her mother, to look up to growing up.
"They mowed past roadblocks, reticence and resistance to change to improve the lives, the livelihoods and the quality of life for those who worked and lived in the county," Armstrong said.
Vic practiced law in the county for 50 years, and Audrey served in the Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization and the Chamber of Commerce.
Armstrong also credits her success to her time growing up in Chatham, attending Chatham Hall and being surrounded with strong role models.
"I grew up in Chatham having role models like my mother and my father, Ben Davenport, Frances Hurt, Katie Elliott, Mary Catherine Plaster, Alice Overbey and others," Armstrong said. "They were all strong, particularly the women role models for me. They modeled how you don't have to accept things in your community as the status quo, you push them to make them better."
Armstrong is executive director for Capital Trees, an urban greening non-profit. According to their website, Capital Trees is "working to create a greener, more liveable Richmond through the thoughtful planning, planting, and maintenance of public green places."
"It's a young organization with a powerful resume," Armstrong said.
The Virginia Bussiness article mentions their latest project, the Low Line Green, which will continue their renovation of the land connecting Richmond's Canal Walk and Dock Street along the James River.
But Armstrong believes this recognition was given for her communication and connection skills and her community service outreach.
"I'm one of those people who's primary motivations is giving back to the community," Armstrong said.
She is also praised for her work with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Richmond Symphony, Leadership Metro Richmond, VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture, and as the former chair of the Richmond YWCA board. The YWCA also awarded Armstrong their "Outstanding Woman" award.
"If you’re a Richmonder, she’s a good person to know," the article reads.