Bruce Lisman for Vermont

About Bruce Lisman

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Vermont Native

I was born in Burlington’s Old North End and educated in Burlington public schools, graduating from the University of Vermont. I served in the Army Reserves for six year. My mother was a secretary and my father a public high school teacher. I have two grown daughters, and reside in Shelburne with my wife and our three rescue dogs. 


Bruce, his wife Kyla, and daughters Kate and Maggie. 

Successful Manager and Leader

Like many young Vermonters, I started my career outside of the state. Beginning as a file clerk, I drove a taxi, bartended on the side, and worked my way through the ranks of the financial services industry. I successfully managed over 2,300 employees as an effective business leader in director roles within the financial, insurance and (formerly) electric utility industries. I served on the University of Vermont’s board from 1996–2004, as chair from 2000–2002.

Passionate Environmentalist

I have been involved in a joint effort with Preservation Trust of Vermont to replenish the tree canopy in Vermont’s communities. I also serve as chair of the board of American Forests. I am working and collaborating with a broad group of stakeholders to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain. My wife and I are avid hikers and kayakers, and enjoy being outdoors in all seasons.

Supporter of Education and the Arts

I was the lead supporter of Boys and Girls Club of Burlington’s “Early Promise Program,” which provides social and academic support to at-risk youth, culminating in financial support and admission to a Vermont State College. As a tribute to my father’s mid-life career change, I founded the Irving Lisman Scholarship Fund which has provided scholarships to over 400 non-traditional Vermont students attending UVM. Supporting the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and establishing the Shelburne Museum as a year-round museum, have been priorities for me and my family.

Advocate for Vermont

My public and community service to Vermont is broad. In addition to my professional service, I take great personal pride in my service as a board member and supporter to a range of Vermont organizations representing youth development, education, the environment, the arts, historical preservation and animal welfare. In 2011, I co-founded Campaign for Vermont, the non-partisan advocacy group formed to educate and engage Vermonters on important public policy challenges facing Vermont. I have been listening to and speaking with Vermonters from all corners of our state for my entire life. Vermonters are ready for a new direction. I am ready to lead Vermont in a new direction.


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