The 2020 Gov. Kunin Achievement Awardee was awarded to Mary Sullivan in December. Mary served in the legislature from 1991-2001 and 2017-2021. She has been involved with the Vermont Democratic Party for decades. She’s worked for Senator Leahy, has served as our Vermont DNC National Committeewoman since 2016 and has helped countless candidates on their campaigns. Mary has been supportive of countless Democrats throughout the state for decades and we’re thrilled to recognize her!
2020 – Mary Sullivan – Former State Legislature and DNC National Committeewoman
2019 – Jane Stetson – Former DNC Fundraising Chair
2018 – Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce
2017 – Sallie Soule – State Legislator and Commissioner of Employment and Training
Governor Kunin has had an expansive political career spanning nearly five decades, as a community advocate, member of the Vermont House, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and Ambassador to Switzerland. She is the only woman to serve as Governor of Vermont, the first Jewish Governor of Vermont, and the first Jewish woman elected Governor of a U.S. state. She has worked as a journalist and college professor, and is the author of several books, including “The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family.” She founded Emerge Vermont and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Kunin is the mother of four grown children, and has been a tireless advocate for the rights and opportunities of women and girls.
The criteria for nominees of the award are: