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Director, Public Policy and Advocacy

Karen directs VLCT’s Public Policy and Advocacy activities in the State House, with the Vermont Congressional delegation and state agencies, as well as with other similarly minded associations. Karen has lobbied on behalf of VLCT’s 246 cities and towns since 1987 (a year firmly embedded in the last century). She enjoys the fast – even frenetic – pace of the legislative session, the constantly evolving issues, as well as the extraordinary, dedicated, optimistic, and often refreshingly blunt officials who serve Vermont local government in one of the most centralized governance/Dillon’s Rule states in the country.

She served on the Moretown Elementary and Washington West School Boards, started the Moretown Energy Committee, and now serves on the Moretown Planning Commission. She lives in Moretown on the side of a mountain, where she also earned her Mom, gardening, and roof-raking stripes.

Contact Karen with any questions, ideas, compliments, or complaints about municipal policy issues. If we don’t have the answer, we will get it. Sorry that we won’t be much help with the designated state vegetable or dog.


  • B.A., Political Science, McGill University
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Vermont