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"Local government—and local democracy in America—is one of the most well-coordinated and most successful volunteer efforts in the history of the world."

But there's no question that government leadership is getting more complicated. Even at the local level, you see fewer people wanting to take on this challenge, "...and that's concerning," notes Ted Brady, executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. In this brief, find three actions you can take to expand Vermont's leadership pool, including more women, people of color, LGBTQ+ candidates, and others who are under-represented.


  • Expert commentary on why Vermont's leadership lacks diversity across the board
  • Three actions to take today to support emerging leaders
  • Suggested resources for deeper reading
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