Waterbury legislator Rebecca Ellis to join Shumlin Administration

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz today announced that Waterbury Representative Rebecca Ellis will join ANR’s Department of Environmental Conservation as Senior Counsel for Government Affairs on August 10. Ellis resigned her seat as state representative for the Washington-Chittenden District yesterday. Gov. Shumlin will appoint a replacement before the start of the next legislative session in January.Ellis has served as a legislator since 2011, most recently as vice chair of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Prior to her tenure in the Vermont Legislature, Ellis worked from 1997 to 2011 as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont, where her practice focused on environmental issues.Ellis has a strong background in local community service, both on the Waterbury Select Board and the Waterbury Planning Commission.  She played a leading role in Waterbury’s recovery from the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, chaired Waterbury’s Long-Term Community Recovery Steering Committee, and continues to volunteer with Waterbury’s Floodplain Working Group.A native Vermonter, Rebecca graduated valedictorian from Burlington High School in 1982.  She has degrees from Harvard University (BA History), Princeton University (MPA) and Georgetown University (JD).  Upon her return to Vermont, she clerked for Justice John Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court.“Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at the Agency of Natural Resources.  Her legal background combined with her legislative experience on environmental and energy issues will strengthen the Agency of Natural Resources’ core mission to protect Vermont’s environment,” said Secretary Markowitz.“I am excited to join the highly qualified staff at the Agency of Natural Resources and to implement policies that will help protect our air, soil and water.  Vermont, along with the world, is at a crossroads, with our future climate at stake.  I am honored to take a place at the Agency of Natural Resources at this vital moment,” said Ellis.Rebecca and her husband live in Waterbury with their two sons, ages 13 and 10.Source: Governor 8.5.2015last_img

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