Community Engagement, Collective Action, and Facilitation

Date(s) - May 16, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fee: $35
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Join Jenna Koloski and Jessica Savage from the Vermont Council on Rural Development to explore strategies to engage your community and constituents and to work together towards collective action and impact.

This session will include strategies to

  • engage your community in decision making and collaboration,
  • bring in lived experience and a diversity of voices,
  • and facilitation skills for effective gatherings.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].


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About the Trainers:

Jenna Koloski has been the Director of Community Engagement and Policy at the Vermont Council on Rural Development since 2015. In that role, she coordinates statewide policy discussions on issues that impact rural communities and facilitates community-level prioritization for the future of Vermont towns. Prior to the work at VCRD, she worked in several Vermont organizations focused on outdoor recreation, community development, and food security. Jenna studied Conservation and Biodiversity at McGill University and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Jenna serves as the President of the Vermont Community Development Association. She lives with her family in Huntington Vermont.




Jessica Savage is the Director of Community Collaboration and joined the VCRD staff in 2021 after 15 years in the public sector mainly in the natural resources and recreation management fields. She previously worked for the Vermont Dept. of Forests Parks and Recreation where she led the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) and administered multiple state and federal grant programs. Her current work focuses on community-driven economic development initiatives including the Vermont Working Communities Challenge and Climate Economy programs. She has a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on water quality policy from UVM, is an avid outdoorsperson and a mom to two young children.



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