Meet Tiff

Our Opportunity.

COVID-19 has exposed systemic inequities that limit the ability of Vermonters to pay their bills and support their families. It has also reminded us that so many issues are interconnected – livable wages, climate change, racial justice, access to health and child care, criminal justice, and affordable housing.

The gift of this pandemic may be the way it has awakened a new willingness to challenge tired, prevailing assumptions that don’t reflect the realities of individual lives, our communities, or our planet. The opportunity it offers to assert a bolder, creative, expansive, and inclusive vision for Vermont awaits us.

But what will real change take?

Inclusion. There are limits to what any of us knows about a given issue and its impact. Tackling problems begins with inviting the right people to the table, particularly those with lived experience.

Curiosity. Pursuing solutions requires asking good questions, and lots of them. It should prompt us to challenge our own assumptions, so that we are open to new ideas and conflicting narratives.

Action. Change is hard work. It requires building support across differences. And it demands a healthy dose of persistence.

This is the approach that has defined my work for 25 years – and it is what I will continue to strive for as I represent you in the Legislature.

Our Opportunity.

COVID-19 has exposed systemic vulnerabilities and inequities that limit the ability of Vermonters to pay their bills and support their families. It has also reminded us of ways in which so many issues are interconnected – livable wages, climate change, racial justice, access to health and child care, criminal justice, and affordable housing.

The gift of this pandemic may be the way it has awakened a new willingness to challenge tired, prevailing assumptions that don’t reflect the realities of individual lives, our communities, or our planet. And the opportunity it offers to assert a bolder, creative, expansive, and inclusive vision for Vermont.

But what will real, substantive change take?

My approach.

Inclusion. There are limits to what any of us knows about a given issue and its impact. Tackling problems begins with inviting the right people to the table, particularly those with lived experience.

Curiosity. Pursuing solutions requires asking good questions, and lots of them. It should prompt us to challenge our own assumptions, so that we are open to new ideas and conflicting narratives.

Action. Change is hard work. It requires building support across differences. And it demands a healthy dose of persistence.

This is the approach that has defined my work for 25 years – and it is what I will continue to strive for as I represent you in the Vermont Legislature.

Meet Tiff

Teacher. Nonprofit Leader. Advocate. Coalition-Builder. Mother. Community Member.

Teacher. Nonprofit Leader. Advocate.

Coalition-Builder. Mother. Community Member.

Tiff Bluemle has dedicated her career to encouraging the potential and success of children and adults. After a six-year stint teaching high school history, Tiff served as executive director of Vermont Works for Women (VWW), a nonprofit organization helping women and girls to think about their lives in the broadest terms and to develop skills that are critical to long-term economic independence. Under her seventeen years of leadership, VWW worked with thousands of women and girls, grew its budget five-fold, and developed youth initiatives and job training programs for incarcerated women that have been replicated or recognized in national publications. 

She has made a practice of building broad coalitions to identify achievable solutions. She fought hard to advance changes in workforce development policy, increase Vermonters’ access to vocational training, establish the state’s first transitional home for women under correctional supervision, and improve conditions for inmates housed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. 

The success of these collaborative efforts ultimately inspired her to help launch Change The Story VT, an initiative designed to fast-track women’s economic well-being by aligning the priorities and efforts of the VT Women’s Fund, the VT Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women. In five years, Change The Story has developed and published groundbreaking data on women to expose gender disparities that continue to inhibit women from reaching their full potential. It has partnered with dozens of Vermont employers and men to promote inclusive workplaces, pay equity and champion culture change. 

Tiff has deepened her understanding of Vermont’s challenges and opportunities as a board member of Public Assets Institute, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and the VT Council on Rural Development. 

She has lived with her partner and two sons in the South End of Burlington for 18 years.

 

 

“In a time where thinking differently about our community and our future will be critical, I can’t think of a better person to represent and advocate for Burlingtonians and Vermonters.”

Beth Anderson

“In a time where thinking differently about our community and our future will be critical, I can’t think of a better person to represent and advocate for Burlingtonians and Vermonters.”

– Beth Anderson

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