In the interest of helping our voters learn more about the candidates before the caucus, we invited each candidate to write a brief biography of themselves. We will also have contact forms so that you may ask the candidates questions directly.
Lorraine Carter-Lovejoy is an educator that knows that people are inherently good. She is eager to work with residents of Burlington to keep and create a city in which our neighbors can live happy, productive, lives.
Lorraine wants to make sure the views of all generations in Ward 7 are represented. As someone that is starting her own family, she knows it is a strong, safe community. Instead of the New North End being a suburban silo, Lorraine wants to strengthen the connection with the rest of Burlington by supporting small businesses, finding a transportation plan that works for all ages and abilities, and bringing families together. She is committed to keeping and connecting green spaces and to projects that protect one of our unique assets: Lake Champlain.
Since arriving in Burlington 5 years ago, Lorraine has taught in alternative schools, assisted with volunteer programs at United Way, and currently works in Human Resources at the UVM Medical Center. She grew up in Virginia, and received her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, before tracing her family’s roots back to New England. Lorraine spends her free time coaching ultimate Frisbee at Burlington High School, gardening in the backyard, and skiing or canoeing (depending on the season) with her husband, Jonathan.
Ali Dieng is a passionate and dedicated community leader. He is the Family Outreach Coordinator and Parent University Manager at the Burlington School District Office of Expanded Learning Opportunities. Ali works directly with families, especially those from different socio economic backgrounds, assisting them with paperwork and processes to access afterschool and summer school programming for their children. Ali also provides cultural competency workshops for afterschool staff across the district and teaches drumming to students (currently at C.P. Smith Elementary). As Parent University founder and manager, Ali coordinates with a multitude of community partners to create engaging classes and workshops for parents and families of children in the district that encourage parents to engage in the school and community and provide them with concrete knowledge and skills to improve their quality of life and ultimately their children’s success. Ali has worked for the school district in various roles for the past eight years, since moving to Burlington in 2008, including as a CEDO AmeriCorps Member at J.J. Flynn Elementary and as the Afterschool Co-Site Director at C.P. Smith Elementary. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Snelling Center for Government Early Childhood Leadership Institute.
Ali loves being involved in the community in various capacities: as a member of Rights & Democracy, a board member at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, a representative on the Head Start Policy Council, and a founder of Africa Jamono, a drumming and dance association. Ali lives in the New North End with his wife, Angela Smith-Dieng, and their two daughters, and enjoys music, soccer and hiking.
Chris Trombly has worked in the financial services industry for over a decade helping people understand their loans. His experience in the industry brings a level of financial know-how that the council could utilize for its future projects. His talent for collaboration will allow him to bring the board together to meet common goals and best serve the community.
He is currently on the steering committee for the Ward 4/7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly, facilitating conversations with residents, city representatives and their elected officials as well as working with his fellow members to better the community. In 2017, he served on the advisory board for the Community Development Block Grant to allocate federal funds to local non-profit applicants. His skill set includes strong customer relationships, disciplined budget management, and efficient project management. He will combine these private sector skills with his knowledge of local issues to effectively represent the residents of Ward 7.
Chris is happily married to his wife of ten years, Regina Trombly, and is a proud father of two boys in pre-k at an excellent child care center in the neighborhood. Chris was born and raised in Vermont and is a long time New North End resident. After a 13-year career at People’s United Bank, he currently holds the title of VP Loan Operations. He enjoys spending time with his family visiting the Burlington Parks especially Ethan Allen Park.