Cary Brown

Cary Brown is the current Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Cary Brown
Executive Director Vermont Commission on Women
Assumed office
October 2012
Personal details
BornWashington, D.C.
Political partyNon-partisan
Spouse(s)John Odum
ChildrenTucker Odum, Zane Odum
Alma materHaverford College
Norwich University


Brown served two terms as a VCW commissioner before joining being appointed Director in October 2012.[1] Prior to this role, she was the Director of Girls’ Programs for Vermont Works for Women,[2] a non-profit organization supporting education and job training in non-traditional fields for women and girls, directed the Women in Technology Project at Vermont Technical College, and served as the Internship Coordinator at Norwich University.

During her tenure, Brown has shifted the focus of the commission from being an informational resource to more active promotion of women's economic issues, including the promotion of an equal pay compact adopted by more than 100 employers,[3] programs promoting flexible work opportunities for women,[4] and workplace pregnancy accommodations.[5] The commission serves as an information and research resource for the Vermont legislature on issues such as paid family leave.[6] Under Brown the VCW, in collaboration with Vermont Works for Women and the Vermont Women's Fund,[7] co-launched the Change the Story[8] project which promotes and supports women's economic security.

Brown also serves as an elected Justice of the peace in Montpelier, Vermont.


Brown has a Bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Norwich University.


  1. ^ "New exec director at Vt. Commission on Women". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Vermont Works for Women - Job Training Programs - Women & Girls in STEM - Women Empowerment". Vermont Works for Women. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Commission on Women celebrates 100th signer to Vermont Equal Pay Compact". Vermont Business Magazine. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ Bernard, Tara Siegel (14 June 2013). "The Unspoken Stigma of Workplace Flexibility". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. ^ Erin Mansfield (12 May 2017). "Governor signs pregnancy accommodations bill". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2018-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Home". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Change The Story: A 2016 Status Report on Women, Work and Wages in Vermont". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2019.