Kesha Ram has an eight-year track record of building consensus with conviction in the Vermont Legislature as a State Representative. Now, she is running for Chittenden County Senate to continue to strengthen the economy for working families, expand access to comprehensive early and higher education, and ensure that Vermonters have a strong advocate in Montpelier.
Kesha grew up in her Indian immigrant father and Jewish American mother’s Irish pub in Los Angeles. She was raised to understand the value of hard work, giving back to the community, and pitching in to the family business. Kesha attended the University of Vermont, where she was the Student Body President and graduated cum laude with degrees in Natural Resource Planning and Political Science.
In 2008, Kesha was elected to represent Burlington’s Old North End, Hill Section, and University District. At the time, she was the youngest state legislator in the country. During her time in the Vermont House of Representatives, she served on the Ways & Means Committee, as Vice Chair of the Natural Resources & Energy, and Clerk of the Housing & Military Affairs Committee. Kesha has passionately championed affordable homeownership, green job creation, paid family leave, expansion of early and higher education opportunities, criminal justice reform, and civil rights. She has spearheaded the tax relief to first-time homebuyers, protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence, and ensuring Vermonters do not have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of a sick child. Through all of these initiatives, Kesha has focused her energy on building an economy that works for all of Vermont and creates pathways out of poverty.
Kesha has dedicated her career to improving civic engagement opportunities for Vermonters, as well as helping vulnerable populations get access to much-needed services. She works as an equity practitioner and consultant for towns, school districts, and organizations seeking to create inclusive governance models and address demographic transitions proactively. Kesha served as the Civic Engagement Specialist for the City of Burlington, building relationships and empowering people to participate in city government. Prior to working in municipal government, she was the legal director for Steps to End Domestic Violence, assisting victims of domestic violence in the courtroom and throughout family and criminal legal proceedings. She also taught preschool at the Burlington Children’s Space. She currently serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.