Middlebury, VT—The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children today announced the selection of Alyson Richards as the fund’s new Chief Executive Officer. Currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Peter Shumlin, Richards will assume her duties at the Permanent Fund September 1. Her last day in the Governor’s Office is July 24.
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“Last week the Governor noted that kids born in Vermont are better off today because of the good work Aly has done,” said Rick Davis, President and founder of the Permanent Fund. “We are excited to have her join us not just because of what she has already accomplished for kids in Vermont, but because of the even greater things she is going to help us accomplish together. At the Permanent Fund, we have a simple idea that is going to require the kind of leadership Aly brings: We want to assure that every Vermont child has access to high quality and affordable early care and learning.”
A native of Newbury, Vermont, Richards has had leading roles in several of the Shumlin Administration’s efforts to support early childhood—including the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and Preschool Expansion grants. With experience in education dating back to a gubernatorial appointment to the State Board of Education when she was still in high school, Richards has also convened the coalition that helped to pass a set of education initiatives including free lunch for all low-income Vermonters and the Flexible Pathways bill, which creates a statewide program for expanding dual enrollment and early college. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Richards served on the 2008 Obama Campaign and worked as the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee. A graduate of Brown University, Richards lives in Montpelier.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity because I see the Permanent Fund and its partners making real progress on issues that will greatly impact our state’s future, “said Richards. “Across the spectrum, Vermont families and businesses are struggling to find affordable, high quality child care. We must work together to fix this. A strong Vermont with a thriving economy depends on it. “
Founded in 2000, the Permanent Fund (permanentfund.org) is a philanthropic organization that partners with other early childhood organizations to promote access to high quality, affordable early care and learning in Vermont. The Permanent Fund is the parent organization of two early childhood programs—Let’s Grow Kids and Vermont Birth to Five—which are supported in collaboration with two other major philanthropic organizations: The A. D. Henderson Foundation and The Turrell Fund.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]