Kennedy named Director of Development and Community Engagement at Green Mountain United Way

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Tue, 09/21/2021 - 10:22am -- Denise Sortor

The Green Mountain United Way has named Michelle Kennedy as their new Director of Development and Community Engagement, joining the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orleans, Orange and Washington counties.

Kennedy comes with over 22 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations, as well as almost 15 years in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, development, and advocacy. She most recently spent two years as the Assistant Director of Development for Easterseals Vermont and Veterans Count, covering the state of Vermont including 11 district offices and two chapters of Veterans Count.

“I am so excited and grateful to have Michelle join the GMUW team. In just a short time, I have been so impressed with Michelle’s talents and versatile skill set. Her vast experience in both the non-profit and literary world is a perfect fit to grow our community relationships and elevate the story of our work. In short, we are very lucky to have her!”

“I am so honored and excited to be joining this team of extraordinary people,” Kennedy said. “The Green Mountain United Way inspires me every day by finding real solutions for Vermonters who are struggling with a variety of insecurities. Working Bridges, for example, really does go above and beyond to help working Vermonters get the help they need.”

Michelle grew up in Chelsea, Vermont and graduated from Chelsea High School. She studied political science and communications at American University and the University of Maryland. An award-winning author, most notably of “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America,” published by Viking, Michelle has traveled extensively with her eight children across the United States including living off-grid in both Alaska and Hawaii.

About Green Mountain United Way: Green Mountain United Way is a Vermont not-for-profit organization in operation since 1976. They work to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties by mobilizing the caring power of communities around our region to advance the common good. No other single organization has the scope and influence to bring together human service agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

About Working Bridges™: Working Bridges™ is a United Way led Employer Collaborative founded 10 years ago in Chittenden County by The United Way of Northwest Vermont and is led by project director Lisa Falcone in Chittenden County and a group of innovative businesses including Rhino Foods, Engelberth Construction and The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. Working Bridges™ has been recognized by United Way World Wide and FINRA’s Financial Capability@Work project. Working Bridges is led by Julia Davis of Green Mountain United Way in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.