Green Up welcomes new Board Member
Rachel Feldman, of VSECU, recently became a Green Up Vermont Board Member! We are excited to have Rachel be a part of the Green Up Team.
Rachel Feldman serves as the Public Relations Specialist for VSECU, a credit union for everyone who lives or works in Vermont. Her career path has taken her from newsrooms to conference rooms to classrooms to the State House to strategy rooms to board rooms.
Fresh out of Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism, Feldman moved to Vermont in 2006 and promptly took a job as a reporter and copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. Some say it was getting her car stuck in a ditch that caused Feldman to stay in Vermont, but it was truly her passion for storytelling and “liv[ing] deliberately,” as Thoreau wisely put it. After a year in print news, Feldman went to broadcast fulltime at WCAX-TV where she worked as a news producer, reporter and anchor. During her time at WCAX-TV, she was chosen as a reporter for MTV's Street Team covering the 2008 election from the perspective of Vermont’s younger voting demographic for MTV and the Associated Press.
International work tempted her away from the anchor desk, and Feldman spent a year in Israel on a teaching fellowship program through the Ministry of Education. During that time she served as program liaison to the Prime Minister’s Office and reported on the program for Israeli media outlets.
Feldman returned to Vermont and worked as the Marketing and Communications Director for the Vermont Arts Council, then moved to the State House as Chief of Staff for then-Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. She served in that role for three years, during which she was named one of Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars in 2014. When her boss was elected governor, Gov. Scott hired her to his senior staff as the Senior Director of Boards, Commissions and Public Service.
In her spare time, Feldman serves as a member of the Capitol Complex Commission and on the boards of the Central Vermont Humane Society and Onion River Community Access, as well as volunteering with numerous public service organizations. She’s also an actor with Vermont’s most frightening Halloween event, Dead NORTH, speaks three languages and is working on learning a fourth, but has given up on learning “Emoji-speak.”
An avid bookworm, kayaker, gardener and writer, Feldman lives in Middlesex, Vt., with her fiancé and their incredible dog, Frankie.