Kathleen James


Kathleen will be a critical voice for LGBTQ people in Vermont


Kathleen James is a nonprofit manager in Manchester Center, Vermont, where she has lived for 22 years. She’s the executive director of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a nonprofit that works to preserve the history of skiing worldwide.

Raised in Nebraska, Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She worked as a Capitol Hill reporter for Roll Call, a reporter-researcher for TIME, and a senior editor for Snow Country before settling in the Northshire in 1996. She has since worked as director of admissions at Southern Vermont College, editor-in-chief of Vermont Magazine, and communications director at The BOMA Project.

Kathleen has served on the boards of Manchester Elementary Middle School (MEMS), Zion Preschool and the Northshire Community Foundation. She was an early board member of Friends of MEMS and also served as a board member of the Manchester School Fund.

Kathleen is chair of the Town of Manchester Democrats and a Class of 2018 graduate of Emerge Vermont, a statewide nonprofit that trains women Democrats to run for public office. She’s also a grassroots political activist, working groups like MoveOn Manchester and Earth Matters on projects that promote voter awareness and engagement.

Kathleen’s wife, Alexandra Heintz, is a healthcare administrator. Her older daughter lives in Chicago and her younger daughter is a college freshman.

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