Tim graduated from the University of Vermont in 1999. He immediately went to work in Congressman Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office. During his two and half years there, he helped hundreds of Vermont veterans access low cost prescription drugs through the VA and helped coordinate one of the first bus trips of Vermonters across the border to highlight the exorbitant costs of essential prescriptions in the US. He credits his time with Bernie with cementing his belief that government can play a positive role in improving people’s lives AND that we must always strive to use public resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.
In late 2001 Tim took a position with United Academics, the faculty union at the University of Vermont. He began the campaign to organize adjunct faculty members who UVM, like most institutions, has come increasingly to rely upon for teaching. Unfortunately, these professionals are often denied the tools needed to do their best work, including access to office space, telephones on campus, and training opportunities. UVM’s adjunct faculty voted to form an adjunct faculty unit and now bargain on equal terms with the administration, bringing much-needed improvements to the work lives of many dozens of UVM instructors.
From 2002 to 2004 Tim attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While there he concentrated his studies on domestic social policy. He was fortunate to study with a number of internationally recognized policy experts in areas of housing, education, health and welfare, and economics. He also served as a teaching assistant to Ed Miliband, now a British MP and the Labour Party leader, in a course comparing US and northern European social policy. Upon graduating, while most of his peers moved to Washington or New York City, Tim came back home to Vermont.
In July 2004, Tim successfully sought a seat on the Burlington City Council. He won re-election in 2005 and 2007. The youngest member of the Council when elected, Tim quickly established himself as a stalwart supporter of policies to improve and increase the supply of affordable homeownership and rental housing in Burlington. In four years, he was pro-active in nearly every key municipal area.
Tim worked at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity from 2005 to 2006, assisting low-income residents in Vermont’s 250 mobile home parks to improve conditions in their communities. He remains inspired by the many residents who stood up for their rights, and who stepped up to help neighbors in need.
Beginning in the Fall of 2006, Tim became the Project Manager at Cathedral Square, a nationally recognized non-profit developer of high quality affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. In his role at CSC, he managed projects creating or renovating 396 apartments with combined budgets exceeding $30 million.
In 2008, Tim was elected to the Vermont State Senate and re-elected in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Now in his fourth term, Tim has sponsored bills and been a leader on issues ranging from Marriage Equality, to health care reform, to protecting middle-class taxpayers.
Tim serves on the board of directors of Housing Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that manages hundreds of affordable housing units throughout Vermont, and on the Judicial Nominating Board. He has also served on the Board of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, an organization serving at-risk youth. He has coached in the Old North End little league, and has volunteered in the Barnes Elementary School.
He lives in Burlington with Paula, his partner of more than 14 years.