Vermont’s 3-1 House District State Representative Candidate
Service: AmeriCorps, Peace Corps
Like many of her neighbors after the 2016 presidential election, Kate was tired of the polarization taking place at the national level in our politics, and sad for the lack of bipartisan conversations at the local level. In response, last summer Kate helped organize the Vermont stop for the One America Bus Tour (put on by Better Angels, a group whose mission is to transcend partisan politics). She brought together community members from the left and the right in an evening of breaking bread together, and dialogue.
Kate is running for State Representative for Franklin-3-1 in Vermont because she wants to change the tone of our politics for Saint Albans and Vermont. As a citizen and as a mom raising her family in Saint Albans, she believes it is essential for our political leaders to bring together people in dialogue to ensure that the strength of all voices are represented so that we can work together for the common good of our community.
Kate’s background includes working with state departments of education and commerce, and at a small business. She currently serves as the Director of the Financial Futures Program at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. These experiences have exposed her to the complicated and interrelated nature of our educational and economic systems, and the vital importance of small business in creating a thriving Main Street.
As a volunteer, Kate served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system, is both a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, and is a Girl Scout troop leader. These roles have underscored Kate’s belief in the limitless capacity communities and community members have when they come together.
Additionally, Kate holds an MBA and a certification in Dialogue Education and Appreciative Inquiry. Change management with community voice has been a foundational aspect of her studies, which she continues to apply through her service as a gubernatorial appointee to both the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board and the SerVermont Commission.