Human rights commission chooses new director
The Vermont Human Rights Commission (HRC) has chosen Karen Richards, director of the Poverty Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, to serve as the commission’s new executive director.
Richards has extensive experience in public interest law, including litigating fair housing, employment discrimination, and special education and other disability-related cases. In addition to her legal aid work, Richards has served as a consultant to the Vermont Judiciary and as legal counsel to the Vermont Department of Education.
Mary Marzec-Gerrior, chair of the five-member commission, said Richards’s experience dovetails nicely with the HRC’s mission to promote full civil and human rights in Vermont. The commission’s work focuses on enforcement of laws, dispute mediation, public education, information and referrals, and human rights policy advocacy.
Richards begins her new job in March, replacing long-time Executive Director Robert Appel.