Friend, Mentor, Leader

By Ana Cimino Burke

I met Ruth during her first year as Executive Director of Emerge Vermont. I immediately recognized her enthusiasm and intelligence; she is someone who, through vision and leadership, inspires confidence in others. Ruth believes in people; she believes in helping communities grow; she believes in Addison County and Vermont. She takes the time to understand the issues and find creative, thoughtful ways to tackle some of Vermont’s most pressing issues.

Ruth spent her entire career rising to the occasion working in education finance, public policy, and grant writing until her most recent position as Executive Director of Emerge where she has empowered women across the state – including me – to run for elected office.

Ruth’s commitment to the community extends beyond her office doors. Ruth’s family is an integral part of the Middlebury community where she served on three school boards and volunteers regularly with numerous local organizations. It is no surprise that Ruth wants to be your elected State Senator– so that she may continue to serve the same community that provided her family with an opportunity to grow and thrive.

Note: Ana is a member of the Emerge Vermont Class of 2016 and a graduate of Mount Abe High School in Bristol. She currently lives in Stowe. The above photo is of Ana (left) and her Emerge sister, Brittany Nevins, on their first day of the Emerge training program.