VERMONT HOUSE DEMOCRATS
Representative Sara Coffey lives in Guilford with her husband Dave and their two children. She is a dedicated community leader with more than two decades of organizational management, community organizing and public advocacy experience. Sara grew up in a large working class Irish family in Massachusetts. She first came to Vermont to earn an undergraduate degree at Marlboro College and the School for International Training and went on to earn a Masters Degree from New York University. After 15 years working in the non-profit cultural sector in New York City, she returned to Southern Vermont in 2004 with her husband to raise their two small children and start two businesses: Guilford Sound and Vermont Performance Lab.
Sara is innovative work and leadership at Vermont Performance Lab has been recognized by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Vermont Community Foundation for its programs and innovative approach to building community and civic dialogue through the arts.
Sara has been an active volunteer in her community serving on the several school associations and boards including Marlboro College and the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. She has been an active member of the Broad Brook Grange, Guilford’s 250th committee and most recently as the President of the Broad Brook Community Center, where she has been working with the community and stewarding a capital campaign to transform Guilford’s grange hall into a vibrant community resource. She has twice been elected as Justice of the Peace in Guilford and currently serves as Co-Chair of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Advisory Council and a citizen appointee to the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.