It was in the news earlier this week that Rachel Feldman had taken a position as chief of staff at Lt. Gov. Phil Scott's office. What was not talked about was the job she's leaving behind. Or, more to the point, the organization: the Vermont Arts Council.
Feldman has been VAC's "social and broadcast media queen," as executive director Alex Aldrich puts it on his blog, for just about a year. But in that short time she made her mark, and then some. Aldrich calls her loss "a whopper of a hole in our staff."
I can attest to her efficiency. Rachel has always been responsive, sensitive to the needs of media and quick to keep Seven Days apprised of shifting arts news. She also has a swell sense of humor.
I don't doubt Rachel has upped the ante at VAC, probably leaving behind an altered job description — one that tacitly says "must fill Rachel's shoes."
Meanwhile, Aldrich has this to say regarding Scott's office:
[I]f our experience with the “Rachel Feldman phenomenon” is any indicator, Phil Scott will soon be trending on Twitter, hashtagging his public appearances, learning to keep his soundbites to under 140 characters, (re)connecting daily with all of his Vermont voters on Facebook, and yes, ignoring the Oxford comma.
It may be a step up the career ladder, Rachel, but we'll miss you in the arts world. And we'll be keeping an eye on Phil Scott's Twitter feed.
Photo of Rachel Feldman shamelessly borrowed from her Facebook page.