On February 21, 2017, Governor Scott named Emily Boedecker as Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. “Emily is an inspired choice for this position,” said Eric Hart, President of the Local Motion Board of Directors. “She is enormously knowledgeable in environmental matters, manages people and finances with equal dexterity, and builds consensus and shared vision among groups with varying opinions. She has put Local Motion on a strong footing for continued growth, and I know she will serve our state well in this new role.”
Emily joined Local Motion in March 2014. After growing up in the gentle hills of England, she moved from mountain range to mountain range, from the Alps to the Sierra Nevadas and now the Greens, pursuing every opportunity to be outdoors. Among the vital equipment she shares with her husband there are four bikes, three boats, multiple pairs of skis and an eclectic range of footwear suitable for all six of Vermont’s seasons. Prior to her arrival at Local Motion, Emily spent a decade with The Nature Conservancy of Vermont in various marketing, fundraising and managerial capacities including most recently as Acting State Director. During what she describes as her first career, she worked in a variety of marketing, business development and partner management role in France and California for Hewlett-Packard and VeriFone.
Luis Vivanco, Board Member and Chair of the Local Motion Strategy Committee, described some of Local Motion’s accomplishments during Boedecker’s tenure: “Under Emily’s leadership, Local Motion merged with the Vermont Bike and Pedestrian Coalition to become the statewide advocate for biking and walking, expanded its safe street and traffic design assistance to include 33 Vermont communities, successfully advocated for safe passing legislation and the protection of vulnerable roadway users, expanded the Bike Smart program to deliver over 22,000 hours of training to Vermont kids in 2016, and launched the new Island Line Ferry to provide nearly 15,000 bikers and walkers each year with 100 days of reliable all-weather service.”
Jason Van Driesche, Local Motion’s Deputy Director, congratulated Boedecker, noting that the organization’s “great staff will continue to build momentum for biking and walking in Vermont.”
Eric Hart, Local Motion Board President