Elizabeth Bankowski

Trust Company of Vermont Board. Elizabeth Bankowski is standing, second from the right.
Trust Company of Vermont Board. Elizabeth Bankowski is standing, second from the right.

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Business, Government / Politics

Notable Facts

Liz Bankowski managed Madeleine Kunin's successful campaign for Governor in 1984. She was one of the first women in the country to manage a statewide campaign. She served as Chief of Staff, holding the Vermont constitutional office of Secretary of Civil & Military Affairs. In 1991, after leaving state government she was elected to the board of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. She was one of a small number of women serving on the board of a U.S. public company. She was a member of both the board and senior management leading Ben & Jerry's programs in corporate social responsibility. In 1992 she served as Deputy Director in the Economic Cluster for the transition of President-elect Bill Clinton.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

07/08/1947

Primary Residence

Brattleboro

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Elizabeth Bankowski served as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and Chief of Staff for Governor Madeleine Kunin. She was a Senior Director at Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. and currently advises New Chapter, a Brattleboro-based, national vitamin and supplements company.

Bankowski was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Boston College. She continued her education by taking courses at Boston College Law School. For ten years she served as a legislative aide to Congressman Father Drinan in Washington, D.C. She managed Madeleine Kunin's successful campaign for Governor in 1984 and became the Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs for the State. She also served as Governor Kunin's Chief of Staff, the top aide to the Governor from 1985-1989. Bankowski left her position in 1989 to spend more time with her family, but continued to work for the Governor part-time. She was a member of the transition team for President-elect Bill Clinton in 1992, where she was an advisor on economic issues, particularly audits of federal agencies. She served as Senior Director of Social Mission Development for Ben & Jerry's from 1991 to 2001 and was a member of the company's Board of Directors until 1999. Bankowski was involved with the start-up of the organization Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and served on the board of the Social Venture Network, a national organization of entrepreneurs and philanthropists. She serves on the Green Mountain Power Board of Directors, has been a trustee of Bennington College and the Windham Foundation and is a board member of the Trust Company of Vermont. She is currently an advisor to New Chapter, a Brattleboro-based, national vitamin and supplements company.

Bankowski served as Co-chair of Gaye Symington's 2008 run for Governor. She has been active in the administration of Peter Shumlin.

Organizations or Movements

  • Green Mountain Power Board of Directors
  • Trustee of Bennington College
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • The Windham Foundation
  • The Brattleboro Retreat (Retreat Healthcare)
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • New Chapter
  • The Bunbury Company
  • Windham Foundation
  • High Meadows Fund
  • The White House Project Advisory Board.

Occupations

  • Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs
  • Governor's Chief of Staff
  • Legislative Aide to Congressman Father Drinan
  • Madeleine Kunin's campaign manager (1984)
  • Advisor to New Chapter
  • Director & Senior Director of Social Mission Development at Ben & Jerry's
  • Co-chair of Gaye Symington's 2008 run for Governor.

Education

  • BA in English Literature, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boston College Law School

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • The Trust Company of Vermont Link

  • Bankowski Named to Green Mountain Power's Board of Directors Link

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, Vermont: Queen City Printers, Inc.: 1988.

  • Guest Speaker at Marlboro Graduate Center Link

  • Sherman, Bob. Kunin Picks Four Aides for Positions. Rutland Daily Herald 29Nov1984: 1.

  • Kunin Reportedly the front-runner for EPA. Burlington Free Press 08Dec1992: A4.