My name is Lisa Ryan and I am running for re-election to the [Rutland City] Board of Aldermen.
My experience as a member of the Board of Aldermen since 2017 has been one of personal and collective growth. I have learned just how important it is to not only stay true to my beliefs and goals, but to listen and honor the many voices and needs of the community at large; it takes both to make a difference and create positive change.
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and master’s degree in mediation and applied conflict studies from Champlain College. I am 29 years old and I was raised in Rutland, having worked in different areas throughout Rutland County.
After returning from Philadelphia in 2011, I reconnected with my love for and pride in Rutland. I found it in my community through building connections and friendships with neighbors and networking and socializing at local events.
I am currently employed at BROC Community Action, as the program manager of the Rutland County Community Justice Center. When I am not working, I am participating in different organizations and volunteering in my community. I am a founding member of the organizing group of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP and part of Rutland Young Professionals. As an active member of Project VISION, I am committed to keeping the community of Rutland safe and being a positive and reliable resource to others.
As a new Rutland City homeowner, I look forward to continuing to invest in Rutland. Serving the community of Rutland City has been a great privilege.
I would like to continue serving as your alderman so that I can help you reconnect and maintain your love for and pride in Rutland. I promise to be an honest, responsible and supportive image for the Rutland community. What makes you proud about Rutland? How can I help you make it even better? Please contact me to share your vision.
Vote at your local polling place on March 5, and please consider me for alderman.
Lisa Ryan is a member of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen.