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Press Release: Vermont Commission on Women Welcomes Emily R. O’Hara

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Montpelier, VT — The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), a non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, welcomed staff member Emily R. O’Hara as their new Communications and Outreach Coordinator. E.R. O’Hara will contribute to VCW’s mission of advancing rights and opportunities for women, girls, and gender-expansive people in Vermont. This will involve day-to-day communications management and strategic public relations and marketing; developing and implementing public education initiatives, materials, and campaigns; and representing the Commission in public settings and coalitions. She will also contribute to a variety of projects including events and programs. “I am thrilled to support the Commission’s mission to move gender equity forward,” said Emily. “It’s an honor to join Cary and Ellie in their work, and I look forward to collaborating with the Commissioners and community partners.” Emily is an incoming doctoral student in the Sustainable Development Policy, Economics and Governance program at the University of Vermont. She previously worked across the public, private and third (nonprofit/social/impact) sectors at community-based and international development organizations where she supported a diverse range of issues including housing and financial inclusion. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh, a Graduate Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), and a Master of Arts in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. 


The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state commission 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.