About Tanya

Tanya1Tanya is a social worker and has a small practice in Essex working primarily with youth and young adults. Tanya is also a school social worker at Charlotte Central School. Tanya lives in Essex, with her spouse Jefferson and their dog Laika.

Tanya made the decision to run for office  after realizing that the government did not seem set up to work for her, her neighbors, or most Vermonters. Upon closer inspection it became clear that her voice wasn’t even represented in Montpelier. Now, after serving as a State Representative for Essex, she is even more determined to make change as a member of the state senate. Tanya wants to fight for a Vermont that works for everyone, and make sure that the voices of all people are represented. Tanya believes in climate justice, affordable housing, living wages, social justice, universal healthcare, strong education, and fair taxation.


Tanya graduated with honors from Essex High School in 2003, and went away to college where she received a bachelors of science from Northeastern University. When it came time to come home Tanya was faced with how difficult it was to make ends meet as a person starting out in Vermont. For years Tanya lived in Montpelier and commuted to her job in Burlington.

Tanya3Tanya was able to return to Chittenden County to live when she took a job at Pathways Vermont, working with state government to develop, and run the Vermont Support Line. Through her work on the support line, and while attaining a graduate degree in social work, from the University of Vermont, Tanya deepened her skills in leadership, organizing, and policy

Tanya has extensive experience that positions her well to fight for a Vermont that works for everyone; the young person starting out, the retired person living on a fixed income, the social worker scraping by, the person who is unable to work due to circumstance. She wants to increase affordability, build towards equity and accessibility, support strong education, and promote safe and resilient communities . Tanya believes that this state will only work for all when all voices are adequately represented and fully participating.


Tanya’s experience and achievements include:

  • State Representative for Chittenden 8-1 (elected in 2020)
  • School social worker (since 2018)
  • Private practice social work counseling practice in Essex (since 2017)
  • University of Vermont, Masters of Social Work (2017)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center (2016)
  • National Association of Social Work, Vice President, Board Member, Social Justice Steering Committee, Legislative Committee Chair (2016-2020)
  • Vermont Support Line Program Director (2013-2015)
  • Pathways Vermont Support Line Developer in collaboration with Department of Mental health as mandated by Act 79 (2012)
  • Northeastern University, Bachelors of Science (2009)
  • Essex High School Graduate, with honors (2003)
  • Intern at Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office (2003)