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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
INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOPS (OPTIONAL)
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 Futures: Learn 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 Assistance – Sarah Kenney, Let’s Grow Kids
Early Education Workforce Development – Sonja Raymond, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Ashley Moore, Main Street Alliance of Vermont
Children's Integrated Services Funding – Pam McCarthy, Vermont Family Network
Reach Up Funding – Michelle Fay, Voices for Vermont’s Children
Parent Child Center Network Funding – Claire 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 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.