People @ Goddard
Avram Patt is the current Chair of the Board. Previously, he was General Manager of Washington Electric Cooperative of East Montpelier, Vermont since 1997. He also served on WEC's Board of Directors for eight years prior to that. In addition to managing WEC's distribution system serving over 10,000 meters, he is responsible for the company's power supply, including its conversion to renewable energy, as well as its long-standing focus on residential energy efficiency programs.
Prior to becoming General Manager, Patt held a number of positions in public administration, most recently Director of Vermont's Office of Economic Opportunity, which administers a variety of anti-poverty programs delivered by non-profit agencies throughout the state, including the state's weatherization program. In the early 1980s, he was executive director of the Central Vermont Transportation Association, where he helped develop the area's rural public transportation system.
He has also been president of the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (four states), a member of the Regional Power Supply Committee, Northeast Public Power Association, chair of the Region I Resolutions Committee (12 states), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and member of NRECA's national Resolutions Committee. He was also chair of the "E-21" Legislative Committee, coordination and information-sharing group of government affairs representatives of all Vermont utilities.
Patt is a 1972 graduate of Goddard College, as well as the singer and drummer for the Vermont Yiddish dance band, the Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band.