VBSR Hires Jordan Giaconia as Public Policy Manager – Giaconia to champion sustainable economic development and social equity policy issues –

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is pleased to announce that Jordan Giaconia has been hired as Public Policy Manager. In this role, Giaconia will support VBSR’s efforts to advance the organization’s policy goals, working closely with VBSR members. VBSR’s mission is to foster a business ethic that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of Vermont citizens.

Jordan Giaconia brings several years of experience shaping policy at the local, state, and national levels, most recently serving as Associate Director for Federal and Administrative Policy at the Sierra Club in Washington, DC. Giaconia, who will begin in early December, is committed to protecting the natural, economic, and human landscapes of the Green Mountain State and elevating the voices of Vermont’s leading businesses in Montpelier.

“VBSR to me represents many of Vermont’s brightest, most forward-thinking businesses and proof that the bottom line can be more than just profit, it can also be positive social and environmental change,” said Giaconia in a statement to members, “As Public Policy Manager, I look forward to uplifting their voices in the halls of the Vermont legislature and forging a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future for the Green Mountain state.”

VBSR has a 28-year legacy of change-making at the legislative level and in the marketplace, giving members a voice at the State House on sustainable economic development and social equity issues — having been a leader on recent legislative successes such as farm-to-plate and home solar investment, paid earned sick leave, and ban the box.

“Businesses are increasingly recognizing the value of the triple bottom line approach pioneered by VBSR. However, there is still much work to be done to create a future where policies and practices sustain our communities, our employees and our planet,” said Jen Chiodo, Vice Chair of the VBSR Board of Directors and Chair of the Public Policy Committee, “That is why we are so thrilled to welcome Jordan whose knowledge and skills will help advance policies that move Vermont towards a more sustainable future.