I am working toward a world in which all people are valued, thrive and live lives free from violence. My work focuses on collaborating with others to create communities devoted to ending gender-based violence and I have been at this for thirty years. In 2007 I joined the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence as its Executive Director. I am currently a cohort member of Move to End Violence, a 10-year nationally recognized initiative of the NoVo Foundation designed to strengthen the collective capacity to end violence against women and girls. I have been privileged to have worked with organizations and coalitions in the movement to end gender-based violence throughout the United States and in the Republic of Moldova. My work allows me to deeply explore the synergies that arise when people join together in coalition, when organizations adopt transformative practices, and when actively engage in power sharing and trauma healing within organizations. In the 1980’s I worked at the Chitra Lane School for children with developmental disabilities in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I formed was first exposed to authentic leadership and transformation. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Environmental Policy and Analysis and I earned my Master’s Degree in Political Science with a certificate in Public Administration from Ohio University. My core value is love; my gift is compassion; and my core strength is truth telling.
Karen Tronsgard Scott
Executive Director, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence