Amy Shollenberger has more than 20 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. Learn more about Amy.
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Cell: (802) 793-1114
Cindy Willard Metcalf has twenty five years of experience in community organizing, project development, issue promotion and political campaigning. Her experience includes coordinating the complexities of large community events, managing successful election and re-election campaigns at the county and state-wide levels, administering the Lt. Governor’s office, chairing the Vermont Democratic Party, organizing and managing grassroots issue promotion and lobbying efforts, and administering and arranging projects for a nonprofit organization.
Cell: (802) 793-7800
Colin Gunn has focused his work on the development and administration of websites, constituent resource management software and systems, and office management systems for nonprofits and small businesses in Vermont. He provided the administrative base for Rural Vermont during the passage of multiple agriculture-related bills in the statehouse, ran the database for a gubernatorial primary campaign, and is one of the founders of a collectively-run bike shop in Montpelier. Colin volunteers time providing administrative support, meeting facilitation, and grassroots organizing for community issues.
Cell: (802) 793-1133
Meg Fuerst is a recent graduate of Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters degree in Environmental Law and Policy. Combined with her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics, Meg is passionate about holistic and systemic solutions for reconciling the tension between environmental justice and economic prosperity. This passion has driven her professional career, which has landed her positions in both nonprofit and government organizations from her home state of Ohio to her current residency of Vermont. Most recently, Meg completed a temporary staff position at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board’s Farm and Forest Viability Program, where she enjoyed visiting Vermont farmers to understand how the Viability Program has impacted their farm business. Meg’s broad interest in the connection between environmental and economic justice often culminates in the food and agricultural realm specifically. Aside from work, Meg and her partner manage their town’s community garden and are aspiring farmers in the State.