West River Consulting - Planning, Policy and Facilitation Services
Kim Friedman

I have 28 years of experience doing meeting facilitation, social action research, policy development, community organizing, advocacy, leadership development and coalition-building. While I have an in-depth understanding of issues affecting early childhood and elementary education, I have a deep interest in all social and environmental issues facing us in the 21st century.

My career began in 1986 as Research Director for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, where I also received formal community organizing training through Midwest Academy. My policy and research skills were honed while Co-Director of the Child Care Division at the Connecticut Association for Human Services. I served as Coordinator of Vermont's early childhood coalition (Kids Are Priority One Coalition) for eleven years. Most recently, I oversaw the development of Vermont's Early Childhood Framework and Action Plan and organized the Governor's Early Childhood Summit in 2013.

Other professional experiences helped me sharpen my program evaluation skills. These included six years doing ethnographic work for a federal demonstration project that became Early Head Start and for a related project overseen by the Harvard Family Research Project.

I speak Spanish and French fluently and have lived in Spain, Central America and Switzerland.

For those who would like to know more about my career path, click here to view my résumé.

I served for 5 years as Chairperson of the Brookline-Newfane Joint School Board after serving as Newfane School Board Chair.

I  live in southern Vermont with my husband Tom Redden.  We have two children aged 22 and 18.  In addition to teaching yoga, I enjoy skiing, writing poetry, and international travel.

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