About Me

Nicole TwohigI’ve worked in higher education, communications, and school and campus safety throughout my career. When my daughter started Kindergarten at Champlain Elementary School, she was the last class to benefit from permanent education support professionals (ESPs – para educators) in the classroom. That was the same year the school board uncovered the systemic deficits that were plaguing our district under Jeanne Collins. Realizing what was at stake, I attended more than 30 hours of board and finance committee meetings throughout 2013-14 and started volunteering for Burlington Friends of Education (BFOE). BFOE exists to help convey information to the public about our school district and, specifically, the budget and its impact. BFOE’s work has been instrumental in helping pass school budgets and that is the result of clear communications.

I started my career in development, first as Vassar College and then at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In 2003, I started working at a small marketing and communications agency here in Burlington. The majority of my clients were State of Vermont departments and divisions such as the Department for Children and Families, the Child Development Division (including the committee that established the STARS program), the Secretary of State’s Office, Vermont Department of Health and more. I also worked with a number of nonprofits including the Milton Community Youth Coalition, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, and Building Bright Futures, a public-private partnership.

In 2012, I began working with a national safety, security and compliance consulting firm that worked with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. This also lead to the establishment of the National Center for Campus Public Safety, another client that I’ve worked with for more than four years. My work has included Title IX, bullying/cyberbullying, the Clery Act, violence against women, LGBTQ rights, trauma-informed response, risk and study abroad, community policing and much more.

I was born in NYC, grew up in New Jersey, and was educated through the K-12 public education system. I attended Vassar College where I majored in history and minored in political science. It was here that I met my future husband, and after we both graduated we moved to Burlington in August 1999. We’ve lived in Ward 5 for almost our entire tenure in Vermont, except for a brief year and a half stint in South Burlington. We love the South End and can’t imagine living anywhere else. We have a somewhat disturbing love affair with fixing up older or neglected homes – even if it takes us 10-12 years (we’re on our second project now), but that’s what makes a house a home. We have two children that both attend Champlain Elementary School and look forward to keeping them in Burlington’s public school district.

I looks forward to working on increased communication, transparency, partnership and safety to rebuild our district. We can achieve this together.

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