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Abby Friedman
Director, Municipal Assistance Center

Abby has been providing training and technical assistance to local government officials for more than 20 years. She joined VLCT in 2008 as the Director of the Municipal Assistance Center, which provides local officials with training, technical assistance and information to help them carry out their roles and responsibilities. The MAC team has expertise in municipal law and best practices in public administration, financial management, human resources, and water resources.

Abby enjoys developing programs and resources that are helpful to municipal officials. Before coming to VLCT, she worked for the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C.

Fun Fact: Abby grew up in Cornish, N.H., along the Connecticut River, frequently traveling across the “Longest Covered Bridge in America” to Windsor, the “Birthplace of Vermont.”


  • Completed coursework towards M.A., Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, 1991-1993. Concentration: Coastal Zone Management and Marine Policy
  • B.A., International Relations, Boston University, 1989. Concentration: Regional Development and Cooperation; Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Executive Director’s Award for Green Government Initiative, National Association of Counties, 2007
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Washington, D.C., National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellow, Jan.-Dec. 1995, and Dean Knauss Marine Policy Sea Grant Fellow, Feb. 1994-Jan. 1995