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Introducing the Alliance’s New Public Engagement Director: Charlie Gliserman

The Alliance is pleased to announce that Charlie Gliserman will be joining our staff on June 3 as our new Public Engagement Director. She will be taking over this position from Kelly Ault, who is leaving in id-June after 12 years with the Alliance.

Charlie joins us from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in New York City. Prior to her work at CRR, she was a Session Associate with the Necrason Group in Montpelier. In her free time, Charlie teaches debate, public speaking, and professional skills classes with the Urban Debate League and Rikers Debate Project.

Charlie graduated with high honors from UVM with a BA in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. A passionate social justice advocate, Charlie was an active student employee at the UVM LGBTQA Center and Varsity Member of the Lawrence Debate Union, with over 20 international competitive titles. Charlie also held internships with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Human Rights First, U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, and New York State Assemblymember Carrie Woerner.

Please join us in welcoming Charlie to our team. She is planning to attend the Annual Membership Meeting and hopes to meet many of you there. Her full bio and contact information will be posted to our website soon.


Alliance Annual Membership Meeting Agenda – May 29 in Waterbury

Alliance Steering Committee members and staff have released the agenda for the Alliance’s fifth Annual Membership Meeting, on May 29 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Zenbarn in Waterbury. See below for the agenda and visit the Alliance website for more information and to register.

1:15 – 1:30 pm   REGISTRATION CHECK IN


1:30 – 2:00 pm    Workshops – Choose One

New Alliance Member Orientation, Faye Mack, Hunger Free Vermont: Learn more about the mission, governance, and functions of the Alliance, and how you can be an active member of our advocacy team.

Engaging in Collective Impact (CI), Beth Truzansky, Building Bright FuturesLearn more about the components of CI, including common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing activities, and backbone support.

2019 Legislative Agenda Wrap Up, Matt Levin, Alliance: Get an overview of what happened (or is still happening) in the State House on the legislative issues on the Alliance’s 2019 Legislative Agenda.

2:00 – 2:15 pm    REGISTRATION CHECK IN


2:15 – 2:30 pm    Welcome and Introductions

2:30 – 2:55 pm    Alliance Governance and Steering Committee Elections

2:55 – 3:40 pm    Exploration of 2019 Issue Advocacy and Collective Impact

A moderated panel of representatives from lead organizations will reflect on their advocacy partnership with the Alliance on the 2019 Legislative Agenda, as framed by Collective Impact. Advocates will share their experiences engaging in the issues.

Child Care Financial AssistanceSarah Kenney, Let’s Grow Kids

Early Education Workforce DevelopmentSonja Raymond, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

Family and Medical Leave Insurance ProgramAshley Moore, Main Street Alliance of Vermont

Children's Integrated Services FundingPam McCarthy, Vermont Family Network

Housing/Homelessness ProgrammingErhard Mahnke, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Reach Up FundingMichelle Fay, Voices for Vermont’s Children

Parent Child Center Network FundingClaire Kendall, Vermont Parent Child Center Network

Farm to School & Early Childhood Programming Cynthia Greene, Shelburne Farms


3:45 – 4:10 pm    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Work: Michelle Fay, Voices for Vermont’s Children

Participate in small group discussions on how the Alliance Legislative Agenda-setting process can be strengthened by using a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, including how the application questions can be adapted, what the Steering Committee should consider in selection discussions, and what resources would support Alliance members in applying this lens to their work.

4:10 – 4:30 pm    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Comments from Special Guest Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing, UVM              


4:30 – 5:30 pm    Social Hour with food and beverages                       


Alliance Members Working Together – Join Us!

Early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers are working together to improve the lives of Vermont's young children, families and the early childhood workforce. As members of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, these advocates are working to advance a shared early childhood Legislative Agenda using a Collective Impact organizational framework.

The Alliance's 2019 annual membership cycle is underway – renew your membership or join as an individual, organization, or business today

Check the Alliance website to see if you or your organization is a 2019 member.

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a statewide coalition formed in 2000 of early childhood professionals, parents, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners committed to improving public policies that impact young children between birth and age eight in the areas of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education.

The Alliance crafts an annual Legislative Agenda in partnership with early childhood organizations, provides year-round advocacy support, and facilitates meaningful interactions with policymakers at key times during the decision making process.


Legislative Session Adjournment Approaching

Registration is Open for the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

2019 Membership Drive

15 State Street | Montpelier , Vermont 05602

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a program of the Vermont Community Loan Fund.

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