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. 

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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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