For twenty years, Gabrielle has worked to build a sustainable future. She is currently a Senior Consultant at Energy Futures Group, where she assists residents, communities and utilities in efficiently shifting to renewable energy, expertise that she shares with Queen City residents as Chair of the Burlington Electric Commission. Prior to this, she worked as an environmental educator, a river restoration project coordinator, and as an Executive Director advancing renewable energy deployment in the Green Mountain State. Critically, Gabrielle understands that our communities are as healthy as our natural environment. As a community organizer, she worked to improve air quality and public safety in an underserved urban neighborhood; as a violinist, she taught 4th graders in disadvantaged schools to take the stage with confidence; as a health care counselor, she listened and cared when young women sought help and services. She is driven by her deep awareness that what befalls one of us, eventually befalls us all.
“With the tragedy and challenges of coronavirus, comes a clear opportunity to harness the lesson we now share – that we are all connected, and we are all in this together”, says Gabrielle. “I look forward to serving my neighbors and my community to rebuild our social, natural and economic infrastructures so that we may have a stronger, more vibrant world to pass on to our children and grandchildren.”
Chad Farrell, of Encore Renewable Energy, a leading integrated clean energy services company focused on community-scale solar systems on underutilized properties stated: “I have worked with Gabrielle for over a decade advancing renewable energy policy and expertise in Vermont. As a resident of Burlington’s South End and founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy, I can think of no one else that I would want to represent me and my family in the Vermont House of Representatives. Her policy expertise is fantastic, her business acumen spot on, and she excels at building bridges with the many different stakeholders necessary to make our community and State a better place to live, work and prosper.”
Tiff Bluemle, previous Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women and current leader of Change the Story VT, stated: “Gabrielle’s experience as an educator, counselor, environmentalist, mother, and musician reflects her wide-ranging talent, abundant energy, nimble intelligence and track record of accomplishment. Gabrielle instinctively understands the ways in which issues are interrelated – which is critical to shaping good policy and building the necessary coalitions to get legislation passed. She’s a roll-up-her-sleeves problem solver who asks questions before she digs in – a practical blend of curiosity and can-do that will make a difference in Montpelier.”
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