leaders & Presenters
Julian Bryant, facilitator
Julian Bryant is an Organizer and Facilitator for Startup Weekend. Julian graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a B.A. majoring in Japanese, Government, and Computer Applications. After graduation he began working for the City of Urasoe in Okinawa, Japan as the Coordinator of International Relations. His primary responsibilities were assisting non-Japanese residents of the city with city services and acting as a liaison between the local government and the U.S. military base there.
In 2005, Julian returned to the US to study law at Georgetown University Law Center. He graduated in 2008, passed the California Bar and joined Cooley as an associate. In his spare time he taught himself how to program iPhone apps. In 2009 he left Cooley and attended a Startup Weekend event in San Francisco. There, he had an eye-opening experience working with a team to create a website and app to increase citizen political engagement. Julian has spent the past 5 years working as an iPhone app programmer and volunteering with Startup Weekend to organize events in San Diego. He has also traveled as a Facilitator to support events across the US, Canada, and Japan.
JOHN F. CAMPBELL, PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
John F. Campbell a Democrat, lives in Quechee, Vermont. He was born in New Hyde Park, New York on March 3, 1954. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida in 1976 and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Nova University in 1983. He has three children, John Jr., Meghan, and Ryan. He became Senate Majority Leader in 2003. He was the Senate Majority Leader of the Vermont Senate until January 5, 2011, when he was elected Senate Pro Tempore for the legislative session. He still currently serves as the Senate Pro Tempore for Vermont and in the off session serves as a Deputy States Attorney in Windsor County.
Oliver goodenough, director, Center for Legal Innovation, Vermont Law School
Shap Smith, speaker of the house
Speaker Shap Smith is a Democrat representing the towns of Elmore, Morristown, Woodbury, and Worcester in the Vermont House of Representatives. Speaker Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut on December 16, 1965. At age five, his family moved to Vermont. He graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville and won a Vermont Merit Scholarship to the University of Vermont, where he graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 1987. Speaker Smith then left Vermont to earn his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Indiana University in 1991. After practicing law in New York City for two years, Speaker Smith returned to Vermont in 1993.
Speaker Smith first ran for the House in 2002, hoping to represent the community in which he grew up and was honored to win election. Speaker Smith considers himself fortunate to have grown up in such a vibrant community and state and his goal as a legislator has been to play a part in laying the groundwork for a similarly bright future for his children. The Speaker strives to help Vermont change with the times, while preserving the things that make it special. To that end, Speaker Smith has long been a strong advocate of legislation that supports a strong education system, economic development, equal rights, healthcare reform, renewable energy, public safety and government efficiency. Prior to becoming Speaker he served on the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Fiscal Committee.
While the legislature is out of session, Speaker Smith is a partner at the Burlington law firm of Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew, where he practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, intellectual property and insurance.
Speaker Smith is an avid runner and cross country skier. He and his wife Melissa are the proud parents of two children, Eli and Mia.
Janet Ancel, Vermont General Assembly
Claire Ayer, Vermont General Assembly
Clare Buckley, KSE Partners
Alison Clarkson, Vermont General Assembly
Jeannette Eicks, Vermont Law School
Patti Komline, Vermont General Assembly
Jean O'Sullivan, Vermont General Assembly
Ann Pugh, Vermont General Assembly
Amy Sheldon, Vermont General Assembly
Laura Sibilia, Vermont General Assembly
Tom Stevens, Vermont General Assembly
Katie Taylor, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce