Judy Rosenstreich

Rosenstreich, Judy

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Served two terms in the Vermont State Legislature, worked in many management and policy analyst positions in the state, and was a White House Fellow in 1976. Named Vermont's Outstanding Young Woman for her efforts to improve government and help others. Now works for the Division of Mental Health.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/31/1944

Primary Residence

Waterbury

Religion

Jewish

Historical Significance

Judy Rosenstreich grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she graduated from Teaneck High School in 1962. She went on to attend the University of Connecticut where she studied political science. She moved to Vermont in 1967 at the age of twenty-three. At this time, she considered herself a full-time homemaker and was the mother of two children, Lisa and Erich.

During her first few years in Vermont, she began to learn about the workings of government. She started a Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and organized many successful programs for state administrators, municipal managers, and university faculty. She was an advisory committee member to the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women and was active in the American Association of University Women.

Rosenstreich ran for a seat in the Vermont State Legislature in 1972 and was elected, making her the youngest woman to serve as a Representative. She served two terms in the legislature and worked to provide state funding for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, establish a cabinet-level agency of transportation, improve wages and conditions of employment for state employees, launch Vermont's first presidential primary, and address problems at the Weeks School in Vergennes. In 1973, she was awarded the Outstanding State Legislator Award from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and was named Vermont's Outstanding Young Woman. She also recieved the Career Woman of the Year Award from the Montpelier Business and Professional Women in 1974. As a Legislator, she conducted seminars on women in politics at Rutgers University and advocated land use planning.

In 1976 she was granted a White House Fellowship by President Gerald Ford. She was the first Vermonter to recieve the fellowship and spent a year in Washington, D.C. working as a special assistant to the head of the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration. Upon her return from Washington, she directed corporate relations at Green Mountain Power (1977-1980) and was director and chief negotiator of the union representing state workers (1980-1982). She also was the director of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (1985-1991) and the administrator of the Vermont Council of Community Mental Health Providers (1993).

In the midst of all this, Rosenstreich gave birth to her third child, Aaron, in 1980. She earned a Master's degree in Management from Saint Michael's College in 1994. She then began working for the Vermont Department of Social Welfare where she was a policy analyst. She wrote a chapter on public welfare for the book "Vermont State Government Since 1965", which was published in 1999. According to the White House Fellows Newsletter published in 2006, Rosenstreich has been named Senior Policy Advisor for the Division of Mental Health, Vermont Department of Public Health, where she will focus on the Mental Health Futures Project, a statewide, comprehensive undertaking to transform the system of mental health services and to close the Vermont State Hospital.

Organizations or Movements

  • Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (now the Vermont Commission on Women)
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Outstanding State Legislator Award from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (1973)
  • Career Woman of the Year award from the Montpelier Business and Professional Women (1974)
  • White House Fellow
  • Vermont State Employees Credit Union Board of Directors

Occupations

  • Homemaker
  • Representative to the Vermont State Legislature
  • U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration
  • Customer relations at Green Mountain Power
  • Director and chief negotiator of the union representing state workers
  • Director of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
  • Administrator of Vermont Council of Community Mental Health Service Providers
  • Vermont Department of Social Welfare
  • Senior policy advisor for the Division of Mental Health

Education

  • University of Connecticut
  • Master's Degree, Management, Saint Michael's College (1994).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Those Indomitable Vermont Women

  • White House Fellows Newsletter Link