Ellen David Friedman

Ellen David Friedman, ca. 2008
Ellen David Friedman, ca. 2008

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Vermont political activist and union organizer from 1974 through 2007 and beyond. Most well-known as an organizer for the Vermont NEA, organizer and vice chair of Vermont Progressive Party, and campaigner for Bernie Sanders.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/07/1952

Primary Residence

East Montpelier

Religion

Jewish

Historical Significance

Ellen David Friedman was born in New York City in 1952 and graduated from Harvard University in 1974. After moving to Vermont as a full time resident in 1974, she held positions with the Vermont Alliance, Chelsea Country Store, United Electrical Workers Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Between 1986 and 2007 she was been employed by Vermont - NEA (National Education Association). She was a founding member of the Rainbow Coalition of Vermont in 1984 and was a member of its first steering committee. She was also elected National Committeewoman for the Vermont Democratic Party in 1984. She was active in efforts to elect Jesse Jackson president of the United States in 1988 and Bernie Sanders governor of Vermont in 1986 and U.S. Congress in 1988.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont National Education Association
  • Vermont Progressive Party
  • Vermont Democratic Party
  • Vermont Rainbow Coalition

Occupations

  • Union Organizer
  • political activist

Education

  • BA, Harvard University, 1974.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Ellen David Friedman Rainbow Coalition Collection Link

  • Ellen David Friedman Papers Link

Additional Images

Ellen David Friedman, Vermont Democractic National Committeewoman, sits behind Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders, a socialist, as he announces that he will campaign for Walter Mondale, 1984.
Ellen David Friedman, Vermont Democractic National Committeewoman, sits behind Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders, a socialist, as he announces that he will campaign for Walter Mondale, 1984.