About Anthony

Anthony represents Washington County in the Vermont State Senate
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Anthony has over 30 years of experience as an organizer, advocate, coalition builder and educator focused on citizen empowerment and social change.

  • Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders
  • Founder and Director of Rural Vermont, our strongest farm / rural advocacy group
  • Director of VPIRG, our largest consumer, environmental organization
  • Lena Brown Labor Award recipient, from Vermont State Labor Council, recognizing many years of outstanding service to the working men and women of Vermont

Primary Work Experience

Director – Vermont Democracy Fund 2002 – present.

Non-profit organization empowering citizens to have a stronger voice in public policies that impact them. Projects and working groups included farmers, families of children with disabilities, the environment, workers’ rights and health care providers. Helped protect important family based services for families with children with disabilities. Helped laid off workers in Island Pond, Vermont win extended benefits and job retraining when factory closing sent jobs overseas. Worked with Union of Concerned Scientists to build support for federal efforts to reduce the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.

Host / Producer – Equal Time Radio 2003 – 2010

Live, progressive call-in talk program on one of Vermont’s largest commercial AM&FM radio stations. Hour-long program airs 4 days a week.

Adjunct Instructor – Johnson State College 2009 – 2010

Teaching Public Policy Courses: People, Politics and Policy, Vermont Traditions in a Time of Transition and Public Policy and Community Organizing, focused on the major issues facing Vermont and the role of citizens in shaping public policy.

Executive Director/Policy Director – Vermont Public Interest Research Group 1996 – 2000

Interim Executive Director during major restructuring of Vermont’s largest consumer and environmental group, responsible for fundraising, staff supervision, policy and issue campaign development and search for Executive Director. Then shifted to Policy Director, led legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing and coalition building efforts that targeted high price of prescription drugs, health care reforms, campaign finance reform (winning passage of the nation’s most comprehensive campaign reforms), agriculture, food labeling, clean energy, genetic engineering and more. Built and coordinated large citizen coalition on prescription drug and campaign reform issues.

Senior Policy Advisor – Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders 1991-1995

Coordinated policy and outreach on issues, including agriculture, health care, environmental health, small business, international trade and biotechnology; initiated investigations by the GAO and Inspector General of the Agency of Health and Human Services concerning FDA conflicts of interest and more. Worked extensively on environmental health issues and the human health effects of low-level chemical exposures with constituents, doctors and environmental health professionals from across the country that forced industry changes in marketing practices and laid groundwork for investigation of toxic exposures link to Gulf War Syndrome. .

Founder/Executive – Director Rural Vermont 1985-1991

Now Vermont’s strongest advocacy organization for family farmers and sustainable agriculture, Rural Vermont began as a farmer assistance hot line and grew to become a major force in Vermont farm policy issues. Led efforts to reform farm tax laws and invest in local agriculture and local food processing along with early efforts to support buy local programs. Among the first to challenge genetic engineering in agriculture, organized first national Conference on Agriculture, Biotechnology and the Environment. Organized national dairy farmer meetings to organize farmers across the country to design national and regional dairy policy proposals that laid the groundwork for the Northeast Dairy Compact. And coordinated the National Dairy Campaign of the National Family Farm Coalition focusing on the connection between family farm and hunger issues.

Other Work Experience

Organizer – Dairy Farmers of Vermont 2004-2007

Initially a project of the Vermont Democracy Fund, a grassroots statewide organization of dairy farmers seeking to regain control of their milk, organize a collective bargaining association or start a farmer-controlled brand of milk. This led to founding of Vermont Milk Company, a short lived but important model of a farmer-controlled, diversified, value-added dairy processing plant, producing Vermont Fair Trade dairy products.
Regional Organizer – FarmAid (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) 1986

Organized farmer workshops and led delegation to national Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Congress

Director/Teacher – Community High School 1980 – 1984

Small, private grade 7-12 school, Director, equivalent to Principal and taught social studies.

Instructor – Community College of Vermont, Vermont Studies, American History Courses

Instructor – Vermont College of Norwich University, Vermont Studies Course

Community and Political Experience

Candidate for Governor, 2008; finished second

Candidate for Lt. Governor, 2003; received 24% of vote

Candidate for Governor, 2000; received 10% of vote

Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association – Board member

Vermont Peace and Justice Center – Board member

Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Board – Member

National Biotechnology Working Group – Member/ Organizer

National Family Farm Coalition – Board member

National Dairy Campaign – Coordinator

Expert Testimony: Testified many times before Legislatures in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, New York City Council, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Canadian Parliament and the Food and Drug Administration among others, regarding agriculture, biotechnology, prescription drug policy and campaign finance reforms. Spoken widely and organized numerous workshops, meetings and events.

Anthony holds a BA from Johnson State College, Political Science and Environmental Studies (1977). He is married to Deborah Wolf. They have two daughters. And live in Middlesex, Vermont