SEVCA Sets its Sight on Renewal with Hire of New Executive Director

Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Brennan the agency’s new Executive Director.

Brennan’s background in program development, proven financial management, and PhD focused on the social foundations of education will help the agency to improve programs as well as internal operations at SEVCA. “Kevin brings a terrific blend of experienced leadership, an understanding of our communities and a deep commitment to SEVCA’s mission,” said Tom Dougherty, president of SEVCA’s board of directors. “We are looking forward to working with him, our dedicated staff and our many partners to make real and lasting improvements in the lives of individuals and families across Southeastern Vermont.”

Brennan had been serving the agency in the role of COVID Projects Manager and was responsible for the development and oversight of the Vermont Everyone Eats program. Since accepting the position of Executive Director, he has focused on cultivating a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the agency while enhancing his understanding of potential program improvements in order to continue to provide high impact services to Windham and Windsor Counties.

"As a long-time resident of Windham County, one who has benefitted from SEVCA's assistance, I am proud to take on the role of Executive Director of the organization,” says Brennan. “As we look to a post-pandemic future, I look forward to working with my SEVCA colleagues to build a renewed sense of connection within the organization, as well as with the people of the towns we serve. I look forward to building a stronger SEVCA!" As the agency’s federal statute requires the input of those with lived experience informing program development and impact, the appointment of a local resident and prior beneficiary of SEVCA’s services as Executive Director is intended to strengthen its capacity to mobilize and support community action for improvement.

For information about all of SEVCA’s programs and services, and to get help to navigate and access the maze of available resources, visit https://sevca.org/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (800) 464-9951. All of SEVCA’s services, and the vast majority, if not all, of the services SEVCA will refer you to or help you access, are provided free-of-charge to all eligible individuals and households.

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