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Amy Shollenberger has more than 15 years of grassroots organizing, policy, and political issue campaign experience, including work as a press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as a senior policy analyst for Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program. As Rural Vermont’s executive director, she worked to help members successfully lobby for several bills. In 2010, she was the campaign manager for a gubernatorial primary candidate in Vermont. She currently serves multiple clients through her Action Circles firm, offering help with political strategy, organizational capacity building, and meeting facilitation. Amy is a member of the Vermont Consultants Network.

Policy/Campaign Experience

  • Managed a gubernatorial primary campaign
  • Lobbied members of United States Congress and state legislatures regarding legislation
  • Coordinated local, state, and national coalitions
  • Facilitated meetings for consensus outcomes
  • Ensured effective communication between coalition members—both individual members and organizational members
  • Testified at agency and legislative hearings and participated in roundtable discussions
  • Presented at events, workshops, and rallies
  • Developed and coordinated local and national grass-roots organizing campaigns

Public and Media Relations Experience

  • Developed and implemented media strategies
  • Cultivated relationships with local and national press
  • Organized press conferences and other media events
  • Developed message and implemented marketing strategy to publicize message for grassroots campaigns and candidates
  • Developed and maintained web sites
  • Represented organizations and candidates in print interviews, radio call-in shows, television talk shows, and press conferences
  • Created press kits
  • Organized and publicized public events and forums

Strategy Implementation and Management Experience

  • Managed grant projects and budgets
  • Developed strategic plans and annual budgets
  • Developed volunteer programs, and recruited and supervised volunteers and employees
  • Raised funds to achieve goals (including a $200,000 annual budget)
  • Developed materials for campaigns and outreach and ensured appropriate distribution
  • Developed and maintained databases of members, donors, and volunteers
  • Collected information and wrote grant reports

Writing and Editing Experience

  • Created materials for campaigns, including letters, email updates, brochures, fact sheets, action alerts, and press kits and produced newsletters
  • Researched and wrote technical and legislative reports and issue briefs
  • Wrote speeches, press releases, editorials, and statements
  • Coordinated collaborative writing of 200-page environmental assessment report
  • Developed and presented multi-media presentations to various audiences
  • Researched and wrote successful grant proposals

Employment History

  • Campaign Manager, Racine for Governor, VT
    August 2009 to August 2010
  • Director, Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT
    July 2006 to July 2009
  • Policy Director, Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT
    February 2003 to July 2006
  • Coordinator, Lamoille Valley Tobacco Task Force, Morrisville, VT
    October 2000 to February 2003
  • Coordinator, Chittenden County Domestic Violence Task Force, Burlington, VT
    March 2001 to November 2001
  • Communications Director, Rural Vermont, Montpelier, VT
    July 2000 to March 2001
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Public Citizen, Washington, DC
    September 1999 to June 2000
  • Communications Director, U.S. Representative Karen McCarthy (MO-05), Washington, DC
    June 1998 to August 1999
  • Public Involvement Coordinator, Hamilton County Environmental Priorities Project, Cincinnati, OH
    May 1997 to May 1998
  • Graduate Assistant, Miami University English Department, Oxford, OH
    September 1996 to December 1997
  • Dean’s Assistant, Lebanon Valley College International Programs Office, Annville, PA
    1994 to 1996
  • Assistant Children’s Librarian, Pottsville Free Public Library, Pottsville, PA
    1989 to 1991
  • Independent Contractor/Consultant
    1994 to present