Elise Greaves
Year
2019
Chapter

Elise Greaves is a community organizer and former Political Engagement Coordinator with Rights & Democracy VT. A Winooski resident and Vermont native, she was born and raised in Hardwick and graduated as a first-generation college student from the University of Vermont in 2014. She has spent the past four years working with non-profit organizations and has experience in youth development, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and campaign management. She is passionate about economic and gender justice and interested in examining the role that we can all play in building communities that are healthy, safe and equitable for all.

She became interested in community programs and resources during her time at the at the University of Vermont, where she volunteered to teach and tutor a civics class for adult English Language Learners in preparation for the U.S Citizenship Test. Energized by the idea of serving her community and working to support the success of others, she joined AmeriCorps after graduation and spent her year of service coordinating community service opportunities for middle and high school students, mentoring, and working with youth at a teen center in Essex Junction.

Elise joined the team at Rights & Democracy in August 2015 as a canvasser, knocking on thousands of doors across the state to build support for statewide paid sick day legislation. Over the past three years, she has organized in communities around Vermont, bringing people together across a number of issues of social, economic and environmental justice, including a livable wage and a paid family and medical insurance program, and helped to lead the organizing of the Women's March on Montpelier in January of 2017. At roughly 20,000 attendees, the march was the one of the biggest in Vermont history and helped to spark a new wave of energy, organizing and activism across the state. Outside of issue-based organizing, Elise worked as a first-time campaign manager with Carina Driscoll’s campaign for Mayor of Burlington.