Fannon Tapped as New Vermont-NEA Executive Director
Vermont-NEA Taps Fannon as New Executive Director
Union’s long-time general counsel to replace retiring Joel Cook on January 1
MONTPELIER – Jeff Fannon, the long-time chief lawyer for Vermont-NEA, will become the union’s new executive director on Jan. 1, replacing the retiring Joel Cook.
The union’s board of directors unanimously chose Fannon after a national search. “On behalf of the entire board, I am pleased that Jeff will continue his career-long dedication to working families and his deep commitment to Vermont’s educators and students,” said Martha Allen, a K-12 librarian from Canaan who serves as Vermont-NEA president. “We look forward to Jeff’s enthusiasm for unions as he works with the board, staff, and, most importantly, the members to making Vermont-NEA the strongest advocate for students it can be.”
Fannon takes over the reins from Cook, who will retire after a 24-year career with the union.
“For the past 15 years, I have been honored to work on behalf of Vermont’s educators, helping them protect their rights, influence their profession, and securing great working conditions so that Vermont’s students can thrive,” Fannon said. “I am excited to lead a dedicated staff of people whose commitment to our members is second-to-none.”
Fannon became the union’s general counsel in 2001, after two years as a lawyer in what was then known as the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration. Before that, he was a labor attorney at Mooney, Green, Baker, Gibson & Saindon PC, a private practice law firm in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was an attorney for the Seafarers International Union in Maryland. He is a 1994 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, and he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. He lives in Adamant with his wife, Sharon Winn, and their children, Jack and Áine.
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