Emilie comes to her work with a passion for community voice, leadership, and most importantly, to support communities to own and tell their own stories — understanding and agreeing to a shared vision and outcomes. Currently the Early Childhood Action Plan Director with Building Bright Futures, and recently with Promise Communities for the State of Vermont, Emilie Kornheiser supports communities to identify and achieve shared outcomes for young children and families. Before a career transition to local service, Emilie was an international development consultant with a private firm working primarily under federal contract. In this position, Emilie strategized, trained, brokered, and evaluated partnerships between private corporations and government agencies to meet humanitarian and community development goals. She has worked overseas promoting democracy and supporting small business development, in various positions at community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations throughout Vermont, and started her own small business in Brattleboro. Currently, she lives in Brattleboro in a converted barn with her son Solomon, her partner John, and a ridiculous mutt named Kaiser. She is involved with her local Democratic committee, co-chair of a feminist action network, Vice President of the board of the Brattleboro Food Coop, a town meeting representative, a founding member of the Windham County Action Network, and generally involved in the grassroots and grass-tops of her community. She wishes that she kayaked, hiked, and gardened, but she actually just likes to cook dinner for her friends and talk late into the night.
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