Montpelier, Vt. (Trustee since 2006)
John W. Kessler since 1997 has served as the General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, providing advice to the Agency Secretary and a diverse set of clients, including the departments of Economic Development, Housing and Community Affairs, Tourism and Marketing, as well as the Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Life magazine, the Vermont Film Commission, the Downtown Development Board, the Vermont Economic Progress Council, and the State's Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining the Agency, John served from 1989 - 1997 as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont, acquiring extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts on environmental, constitutional and civil rights matters, as well as civil and criminal appeals.
In addition to 19 years of service as a lawyer for the state of Vermont, John has devoted a substantial amount of his time to state and community organizations. John currently serves a President of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Institutes (formerly the Vermont Institute for Science, Math and Technology), Chair of the Travel Information Council, Alumni Trustee for Vermont Law School, and a member of the Selection Committee for the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention. John has also served on the Vermont Job Start Board (President 2003-2007; Vice President 2000-2003; Director 1998-2008), the Board of Directors of the Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club (2003-2005) and on the Montpelier School Board (1995-1999). John is also an adjunct professor at Johnson State College where he has taught environmental law since 1995.
In his free time, John enjoys biking, snowboarding, and walking his dogs in Montpelier's Hubbard Park. John received his law degree from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont and a journalism degree from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. John and his family live in Montpelier, Vermont.