January 12, 2015, Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that Jenna Whitson has joined the organization as the Community and Policy Senior Associate. Jenna will be supporting the VCRD Community Visit program, a way for towns to engage and bring together their residents, set common goals and directions, and access resources that will help them take action on those goals. Jenna will also provide support on VCRD’s Climate Change Economy initiative which will frame a platform of practical action designed to rally business, policy and community leadership to advance policies and investments to grow jobs and nurture innovative business development in sectors ranging from clean energy to recycling, transportation systems, and thermal efficiency.
Jenna brings to VCRD experience in outdoor education, environmental law and policy, community development, and food security. Jenna previously worked with the Green Mountain Club to coordinate education programs and lead the design of Long Trail Bound, an outdoor education website and curriculum. She then joined Hunger Free Vermont in 2012 as a Child Nutrition Advocate where she led the outreach and advocacy efforts to ensure that all children in Vermont have access to nutritious food, and facilitated the Addison County Hunger Council, a group of local leaders coming together to address hunger in Addison County. Jenna holds a BSc. in Conservation and Biodiversity from McGill University, and a master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Jenna comments, “I am excited to work with Vermont communities to build capacity to create a sustainable future and to support collaboration between local citizens and leaders in the state, federal, nonprofit, and private sectors to help ensure a prosperous future for rural Vermont.”
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit organization charged by the federal farm bill to act as a neutral convener at both the local and policy level supporting the progress of Vermont communities.