Lisa Senecal of Stowe is now chair of the Vermont Commission on Women, an independent non-partisan state commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls.
Senecal, elected unanimously, takes the helm from Marcia Merrill of Jericho. Merrill stepped down after 10 years, leading the only entity in Vermont expressly considering broad implications of state policy and budget priorities for women in the state.
“The honor of being appointed to the Vermont Women’s Commission by Gov. Phil Scott might only be surpassed by being elected chair of the commission by my fellow commissioners. Their faith in me is greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward to working closely with the outstanding staff of the Commission and my fellow commissioners to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls in Vermont — which happens to be what’s best for our overall economy and Vermonters of all genders.”
Senecal is a founding partner in The Maren Group, a consultancy that works with businesses, investors and campaigns to identify and remedy business and cultural practices that increase risk of sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination. An experienced entrepreneur with a background in media relations and marketing, her successful ventures include an award-winning children’s entertainment company and a New Media consultancy. She has consulted and provided media relations and new media strategy for dozens of companies and organizations, gubernatorial and U.S. Senatorial campaigns, and statewide policy initiatives.
She developed her voice as a women’s advocate as a civilian student at Norwich University, from which she graduated cum laude.
Her perspectives and writing appear in a range of media, from NPR’s Morning Edition and PBS News Hour, to The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, and USA Today; she also writes a monthly column for the Stowe Reporter. She is on the board of the Stowe Education Fund and Clarina Howard Nichols Center.