Emma Mulvaney-Stanak named 2021 VBSR Legislator of the Year
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) recognized Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, Representative for the Progressive State of Vermont, Burlington (Chittenden 6-2) with her 2021 Lawmaker of the Year award.
VBSR is a state-wide, non-profit trade association whose mission is to harness the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. VBSR supports legislation that plays into Vermont’s economic strengths, universal health care, a quality workplace, environmental protection, and the transition to renewable and local energy sources.
“Representative Mulvaney-Stanak has been a tremendous partner during a very difficult time in Vermont’s history and truly embodies VBSR’s commitment to people, planet and prosperity,” said Jordan Giaconia, Public Policy Officer at VBSR. “From empowering BIPOC business leaders to ensuring equitable access to aid related to COVID-19, she integrates social responsibility into every facet of her work and has brought a powerful voice to the scene. work, liveable jobs and social equity at House Commerce and Economic. Development Committee. We are delighted to offer him this award and look forward to collaborating more in the next session.
Representative Mulvaney-Stanak will be honored as Lawmaker of the Year at the VBSR 2021 Legislative Breakfast on December 9. She is the first representative from the state of Vermont to receive the award during her first term. Representative Mulvaney-Stanak is state lawmaker for Chittenden District 6-2 in Burlington and vice-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. She is a member of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, Social Equity Caucus, Women’s Caucus, Labor Caucus, Rainbow (LGBTQ +) Caucus and Climate Solutions Caucus.
“I am honored to be recognized by VBSR during my first term. I worked to elevate the conversation on equitable policy making in economic and workforce development, ”said Representative Mulvaney-Stanak. “I am particularly proud to have led my committee to devote new funding to research on business development at BIPOC and to have brought BIPOC companies together to inform better trade policy. The State has limited knowledge and relations with BIPOC companies. This became clear when the state attempted to move the BIPOC business grants into the 2020 Business Recovery Program for Businesses. We must do better to remove barriers and create equitable access to resources and services. state, as it is an important element in addressing the racial wealth divide. “
In 2018, she founded a social change strategy consulting firm, EMSstrategies LLC, to help nonprofits, labor organizations, school districts and local governments develop strategies based on equity. Representative Mulvaney-Stanak has spent most of her professional career as a union organizer in Vermont-NEA and as director of the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign. She has served as a municipal councilor for the Old North End of Burlington, president of the Vermont Progressive Party, and a member of several nonprofit community boards, including the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Haymarket People’s Fund, and the Robin’s Nest Child Care Center. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in political science and the Vermont Leadership Institute. Originally from Barre, Vermont, she lives in the Old North End of Burlington with her wife and two young children.
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