SENATOR KESHA RAM
Kesha Ram is a Vermont State Senator serving Chittenden County, where she is the first woman of color and youngest woman in history to have a seat in the State Senate. She serves on the Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs and Government Operations Committees, as well as the Government Accountability Committee. She is a champion of civil rights, environmental health, support for working families, criminal justice reform, and access to early childhood and higher education. This year, she has introduced what would become Vermont's first environmental justice policy framework, S.148. This year, she was honored to be one of Vermont's three electors in the Electoral College, casting a vote for 46th President Joseph R. Biden and history-making Vice President Kamala D. Harris.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Kesha received a BS in Natural Resource Planning and a BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 2008. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2018. Her career in Vermont has spanned preschool education, legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence, and municipal civic engagement. She currently works to build social equity and inclusion in non-profit organizations, businesses, school districts, and municipalities.
Kesha also served in the Vermont House of Representatives on behalf of Burlington, Chittenden District 6-4 from 2008 to 2016, where she sat on the House General, Housing & Military Affairs and Ways & Means Committees, and as Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Vermont Attorney General's Immigration Task Force, and as a member of the boards of Emerge Vermont, the Main Street Alliance of Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Regenerative Food Network, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
Kesha lives with her fiance, Jacob Hinsdale, who grew up on Country Cedars Farm in Charlotte, and their dog, Miso.