Mother. Advocate. Legislator. Teacher. Nonprofit Leader. Coalition-Builder.

Mother. Legislator. Teacher. Nonprofit Leader. Advocate.

Coalition-Builder. 

I have dedicated my career to encouraging the potential and success of children and adults. After a six-year stint teaching high school history, I 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 my 17 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. 

I have made a practice of building broad coalitions to identify achievable solutions. I fought hard as an advocate 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 me 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. Over seven years, Change The Story 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. 

Seeing that the pandemic had raised the political will to address issues she’d worked on for two decades, I ran to serve Burlington’s South End in the VT House in 2020. In my first two terms, I’ve helped develop and pass key legislation related to:

  • Affordable housing
  • Employment protections for victims of sexual harassment
  • Reforms of the child abuse registry process
  • Developing Vermont’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have particularly championed new investments in disability and recovery housing, overdose prevention, and mental health services.

My family has lived in the South End of Burlington for 22 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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