The Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Mitzi Johnson, has appointed Kim Nolan to serve a four-year term on the Vermont Commission on Women. Ms Nolan is an Executive Leadership Team member and Senior Director of City Market Co-op, a community-owned food cooperative with two locations in Burlington.
A community-based leader, educator, and consultant, Ms. Nolan facilitates collaborative processes across teams, building safe relationships, and achieving desired outcomes within larger systems. Ms. Nolan has worked closely with leaders and diverse teams for 25 years, helping create engaged workplaces and learning environments that make a positive impact on the world.
Prior to joining the leadership team of City Market, Ms Nolan served as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master’s program in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. Prior to that, she was Program Officer of the Mind and Life Institute, designing the Academy of Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL), and also served as Department Chair and Lead Faculty of Integral Psychology at Burlington College, where she founded The Institute of Contemplative Studies.
Ms Nolan was also Founder and Executive Director of the Dignity Foundation, through which she taught self-care and mindfulness in schools and in human service agencies and provided coaching to leaders seeking contemplative practice.
Commissioner Nolan holds a PhD. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and a MEd. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology. She has been a champion for women’s rights and issues of gender equity since grade school student council. She is ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain and is a lifelong activist for social change and an advocate for human rights.
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.