Ariel Wengroff of Burlington Appointed to State Women’s Commission

Issued July 2, 2013

For Immediate Release


(Montpelier) - Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Ariel Wengroff of Burlington to serve on the

Vermont Commission on Women.

An LGBT advocate, Ariel Wengroff currently works as the Communications and Finance Director for

Welch For Congress. She previously served as the Communications Director of the Vermont

Democratic Party. From 2010 to 2012, Ariel worked in the Office of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

as a Constituent Correspondent and then as a Special Assistant to the Governor. She is a blogger for

The Huffington Post and a 2010 recipient of the Wainwright Poetry Award. She co-founded The Barn

Owl and her work is published in the United States and Europe. She is a current member on the

Vermont Board of Libraries.

"I am thrilled to join the Vermont Commission on Women," said Wengroff. "While we've made

progress, I look forward to working with Governor Shumlin, the legislature and our communities to

address the many challenges that still impact Vermont women every day."

Wengroff hopes to focus on equal pay and workplace discrimination, which still greatly hinder the

ability for women to succeed or reach leadership positions in Vermont.


The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission dedicated to legislative,

economic, social, and political fairness. Launched in 1964 by a nation-wide call to action from President

Kennedy, VCW is charged with reducing discrimination and encouraging opportunities for women. Sixteen

volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide

VCWs public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public,

including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the

latest: The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont. For more information, visit