BIPOC Community Navigator (she/her)

  Miranda Dupre joined Vital Communities as BIPOC Community Navigator in June 2024. A native of New Orleans, she previously served as an environmental justice research consultant for the New York-based JPB Foundation. At Vital Communities, she will head a project aimed at helping Black, Indigenous, and People of Color put down roots in the…

Human Resources Director (she/her)

  Kelli Perkins, Ed.D., joined Vital Communities as Human Resource Director in April 2024. Prior to this she served as Dean of Student Life & Culture for the Madeira School, an all-girls boarding and day school in McLean, VA, 12 miles outside Washington, DC. At Vital Communities, she works closely with all staff to drive…

Development Director (she/her)

  Allison joined Vital Communities as Development Director in April 2024. Prior to this she served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Vermont Foodbank for almost seven years. Over the past 30 years, she has worked with local, statewide, national, and international organizations including the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Open Society Institute and…

Hanover, NH (she/hers)

Emma Wolfe She/her/hers Emma Wolfe, who joined the Vital Communities Board in Fall 2023, is the inaugural Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Dartmouth College, having previously served as the Senior Advisor to the President for External Relations and Leadership Development at Barnard. From 2018 to 2022, she served as chief of staff…

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Grants Manager (she/her)

  Alice joined Vital Communities in fall 2023. As Grants Manager, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the grants process. Her role involves collaborating with Vital Communities’ program staff at every step, fromdeveloping applications through reporting project outcomes to our funders. Before joining our staff, she was  Grants and Projects Manager for the …

Tuck Fellow (she/hers)

Laura Knapp Tuck Nonprofit Board Fellow Laura Knapp is a Tuck MBA Candidate and a Deloitte Strategy Consulting Summer Associate. Prior to arriving at Tuck, she worked in economic development first for the Peace Corps in Senegal and then for the Small Business Administration in Baltimore, MD. She is passionate about ESG work and building…

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Tuck Fellow (he/his)

Marcus Bailey Tuck Nonprofit Board Fellow Marcus is an MBA Candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Before moving to the Upper Valley to pursue his MBA, he worked in technology in the heart of New York City. At Tuck, Marcus focuses on how businesses can develop strategies to maximize their positive impact…

Project Manager, Early Childhood Education, Food & Farm, Collective Impact (she/they)

Since earning a BS in Environmental Science from Colby-Sawyer College, Anna has spent the past few years applying systems-based thinking to land conservation and permaculture design/installation throughout the Monadnock and Upper Valley Regions. If not found riding a bike on our area’s dirt roads and trails, skiing, climbing, exploring on two feet, or playing a game,…

Hanover, NH (she/hers)

Julia Griffin Julia Griffin She/her/hers Newly retired after serving 26 years as the Town Manager of Hanover, Julia joined the Vital Communities Board in September 2022.  Her work for the town has included collaborating with Vital Communities on a number of initiatives including solarization, weatherization, sustainability and resilience, transportation planning, workforce and affordable housing, homelessness,…

Early Childhood Education Consultant

In August 2022, Joanne joined Vital Communities as a consultant for the Early Childhood Education Initiative. She is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Lebanon School District. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of 360 staff members, an annual budget of $45 million, implementation of the Lebanon School Board vision and three-year…