|Address||93 Story Rd |
North Middlesex, Vermont 05601, United States
|| April 26, 1952
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Jan 23, 2019 06:07pm
Caucasian - Married - Straight -
|Info||Anthony Pollina, 56, has a variety of professional experience that combines to make him an effective and unique leader. In 2003, he was approached by a group of dairy farmers interested in working together to keep farming viable. The result was the Vermont Milk Company - a farmer-controlled ice cream, cheese, and yogurt plant. Anthony co-founded the start up and served on its board of directors until 2008. |
In 2003, Anthony began hosting Equal Time Radio on WDEV, a daily talk-show dedicated to discussing Vermont issues. In the five years on air, Anthony interviewed over 540 Vermonters and offered regular people an outlet in a medium so often dominated by corporate voices.
In 2002, Anthony earned 25% in the race for Lt. Governor - the best results in the country that year for any candidate running under a third-party label. His campaign focused on health care, rural economic development, and agriculture.
In 2000, he ran the first-ever Progressive Party campaign for Governor, ending with 10 percent of the vote in what was widely considered the most contentious race for governor in recent history. He ran an issue-based and Vermont-funded campaign utilizing a true grassroots effort.
Anthony has been a senior policy advisor with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), spearheading efforts on health care, agriculture, factory farms, and genetic engineering. Working there, he led the coalition to reduce prescription drug prices by requiring manufacturers to charge Vermonters the same price as Canadians.
He also led the statewide effort that resulted in the Vermont Legislature passing the nation's most comprehensive campaign finance reforms. His work led Governor Howard Dean, when signing the law, to refer to Pollina as "Mr. Campaign Finance Reform."
Anthony founded and was the first Executive Director of Rural Vermont, a statewide farm and rural advocacy organization that has been a national leader on dairy policy, free trade, biotechnology, and bovine growth hormone. There, he helped build a network of farmers to focus attention on farm income and prices, and was among the first to propose a regional dairy policy, leading to the Northeast Regional Dairy Compact, which is now credited with saving numerous Vermont farms.
In the early 1990's, Anthony served as senior policy advisor to Congressman Bernie Sanders for five years, working on small business, agriculture, trade, environmental health, and biotechnology issues. He also served as liaison with seniors, small businesses, and others, and spoke often on health care issues.
In 1984, Anthony was the Democratic and Rainbow Coalition candidate for U.S. Congress. Anthony has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, and Governor Kunin's Agriculture Advisory Board. He was an initiator of the Vermont Fair Tax Coalition and has been active in peace and justice organizations. In the 1980's, he was Director of the Community High School in Montpelier.
Anthony is a graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. He lives in Middlesex with his wife Deborah Wolf. They have two daughters, Maya and Alessandra.