I was the Director of Planning and Community Development in Montpelier, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Town Manager of Randolph, the Regional Planning Director in Franklin County, MA, and a Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources. My volunteer roles in Cabot include the Cemetery Commission, the Working Lands Committee, the Trails Committee, and the school mentor program. I have also worked for many years in non-profit organizations that serve local and state governments.
A.A. Hartford College for Women, 1978
B.A. University of Colorado, 1980
M.A. Brown University, 1984
I have written six books about sustainable communities, economic resilience, and local currencies. I have written articles and papers on the Green New Deal and the need to change our key economic systems to stop climate change and runaway inequality.
In 2009, I founded an ecovillage in Cabot called the Headwaters Garden and Learning Center. I've lived in Vermont since 1992 and I moved to Cabot in 2015. I love it here. We work hard to live in harmony with the natural world, to grow a lot of our own food, and to educate children to be conscious stewards of nature. We have built small, efficient homes with limited equity provisions in the deed that make homes here permanently affordable for all Vermonters.