Leadership & Staff


Tiffany Bluemle


After a brief stint on the ill-fated Mondale presidential campaign, Tiffany worked as a middle and high school history teacher and at NYC Outward Bound, where she developed a deep passion for helping young people discover and develop their talent and voice. Upon moving to Vermont, she joined Vermont Works for Women where she served as its executive director for seventeen years. She left that post in 2015 to lead Change The Story VT, a multi-year, systemic approach to improving women’s economic opportunity.

Over the past decade, Princeton University, the John Merck Fund, KeyBank, and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce have honored her work. Tiffany received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her B.A. from Princeton. She is a former member of Princeton’s Board of Trustees and currently serves on the boards of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Public Assets Institute. She lives in Burlington with her partner and two sons, whose feet have now grown far too large for their mudroom.

Jessica Nordhaus

Strategy & Partnerships

Jessica Nordhaus is the owner of Gear Shift Consulting, LLC, a Burlington-based consulting firm with a focus on education, politics and policy, and systems change. Her entrepreneurial, design-informed approach to her work has deep roots: after graduating from Yale College she founded Horny Toad Activewear (now Toad & Co.); taught middle and high school English; managed Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s 2012 campaign; and advised Burlington/Winooski Partnership for Change on communications and community engagement. Most recently she has led City efforts to design the Burlington Early Learning Initiative. Jessica’s passion for empowering young women goes way back to the end of the last century when she worked as a counselor for Camp $tart-Up, a residential entrepreneurship camp for teenage girls in Albuquerque, NM.

Jessica is a Fletcher Free Library Commissioner, co-founder of the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum and serves on the Advisory Board of Emerge Vermont. She is also a managing partner at a mid-size, rapidly growing family firm in the South End of Burlington that specializes in big dinners, bad jokes and lots of laundry.

Steering Committee


  • Eileen Boland, Vermont Commission on Women

    St. Johnsbury Academy, Human Resources Director

  • Cary Brown, Vermont Commission on Women

    Executive Director

  • Linda Markin, Vermont Works for Women

    Director of Finance and Administration at Vermont Community Loan Fund

  • Susan McCaslin, Vermont Women's Fund

    Chair of Vermont Women’s Fund Council

  • Jen Peterson, Vermont Community Foundation

    Vice President for Program and Grants

  • Wendy Rice, Vermont Works for Women

    Executive Director

  • Meg Smith, Vermont Women's Fund