Vermont Business Magazine Today, Democratic Congressional candidate Molly Gray announced her first campaign hires and top advisers. Samantha Sheehan will act as campaign manager and Liz Brown as deputy campaign manager. Owen Milne will assume the role of President of Finance and Dr. Sefakor GMA Komabu-Pomeyie will join the team as Special Advisor for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Campaign.
âOur campaign has continued to grow stronger and gain momentum,â said Gray, âthis is in large part because of the hard work of this amazing team. I am very proud to bring you this talented group from Vermont who are committed to using their skills and experience to build a better future for our state. Together, we will build a bold and inclusive campaign that will reach every corner of Vermont. ”
Campaign manager Samantha Sheehan of Hancock successfully led Gray’s 2020 campaign for lieutenant governor, where she prevailed in an overcrowded Democratic primary field and against self-funded four-time Republican candidate Scott Milne. Sheehan went on to lead Democrat Miro Weinberger’s recent campaign, winning him a fourth term as mayor of Burlington. Prior to entering electoral politics, she headed communications for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, a state-wide progressive business association that advocates for a “triple bottom line” policy.
She is currently vice-chair of the Hancock-Granville Unified School Board and a member of the executive committee of the Vermont Democratic Party and is a 2020 graduate of the Emerge Vermont Signature training program.
âOur campaign is about bringing people together to get things done,â Sheehan said. Vermont.”
Deputy campaign manager Liz Brown of Burlington was previously Gray’s political advisor. Before returning to Vermont, she worked for Abby Finkenauer for Congress in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she served as a financial assistant and raised nearly $ 6 million for a frontline congressman in the one of the most competitive races of the 2020 cycle.
Brown also worked on the finance team for Senator Claire McCaskill’s 2018 re-election campaign in Saint Louis, Missouri and in the Senate offices of Senators Bernie Sanders and Kristen Gillibrand as well as at Precision Strategies, a prominent public relations and consulting in Washington. .
Brown was a member of Ignite the Change’s EMILY 2021 roster and completed the Arena Academy financial journey, a campaign training program. A graduate of Burlington High School and Mount Holyoke College, Brown currently serves on the executive committee of the Vermont Democratic Party.
âFrom a young age I engaged in public service and electing women to office, however, like many young Vermonters, my career took me away from home,â Brown said, âI am delighted to be back in my state home, using my skills and experience to help lead Molly’s campaign and elect her as Vermont’s first congressman. â
Finance President Owen Milne of Burlington has served as Managing Director of the Community Sailing Center since 2017. Prior to working at the Community Sailing Center, Milne worked as a workplace consultant for Red Thread and as Director of Development for Vermont Businesses For Social Responsibility. .
Since 2008, he has been active in the community serving various non-profit organizations and government commissions. Owen has served on the board of directors of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, Vermont Green Building Network, Leadership Champlain, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northwest Vermont, Generator Burlington, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont State Employee Credit Union.
He has also served on the Board of Governors for Disability Employment, SerVermont, and was co-chair of the Burlington / Winooski School District Change Partnership. In 2011, Owen received the Rising Star Award from Vermont Business Magazine, and in 2019 he received the Peter Clavelle Award for Community Service.
Milne said: âAs a father, I have always found it disturbing that role models for our daughters and granddaughters always seem to be athletes, pop stars or actors. It is imperative that there are Vermont women serving at the highest levels of government who are equally accessible and genuinely care about the interests of everyone, especially the youth, in our communities. I sincerely believe that Molly has the boldness and tenacity to succeed in Washington, and the humility to stay connected locally in our cities and neighborhoods.
Special Advisor to the Campaign, Dr Sefakor GMA Komabu-Pomeyie of Colchester is an international disability rights advocate and policy analyst as well as the Founder and CEO of Disability Enlightenment and Empowerment, where she focuses on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Dr. Komabu-Pomeyie received her PhD from the University of Vermont in 2020. As Special Advisor to the Campaign, Dr. Komabu-Pomeyie will advise the Campaign on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, thereby helping to maintain the campaign’s commitment to accessibility and inclusiveness in all operations, communications and engagement.
âMy personal experience as a woman of color with a physical disability has shaped my journey as an international advocate for underrepresented people, especially people with disabilities around the world. I look forward to working with Molly to remove all types of barriers people with disabilities face, including behavioral and cultural barriers in Vermont. I share Molly’s commitment to working to make Vermont accessible and inclusive for everyone.
For more information on Gray’s campaign for the convention, visit www.mollyforvermont.com.
Source: Burlington, VT – Molly Gray Campaign 12/29/2021