Chair of the Board

Biography

Avram Patt (BA RUP ’72) was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2014. He was general manager of Washington Electric Cooperative of East Montpelier, Vermont, from 1997-2013.  In addition to managing WEC’s distribution system serving over 10,000 meters, he was 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 was 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 served on numerous non-profits and state and local government boards and is the singer and drummer with the Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band. In the early 1970s, he was a full-time member of Bread & Puppet Theater when the company was in residence at Goddard’s Cate Farm.

Education

BA, Goddard College