Charlotte woman uses skills to better the lives of children

By Gail Callahan
Sept-1-F-Kristen-Wright-CUSI-copyMost people know Kristin Wright for her work on the Charlotte School Board. As the chair of the Board she has navigated the school and the community through a tense budget season and the concerns of parents.
Wright, a native of western New York, also wears the hat of domestic engineer, mother, lawyer and board member on the Burlington-based Chittenden Unit for Special Investigation (CUSI.) How does she balance all her different roles? “I work…part-time job with flexible hours,” said Wright. She also mentioned that she took a five-year break from practicing law, a profession she first aspired to as a young child.
Wright first signed onto the CUSI Board 18 months ago, after the lawyer who previously served on with the group stepped down.  Her specialty is municipal law.  “My role is to set policy and be available for legal questions,” Wright explained. The CUSI Board meets monthly in the agency’s Cherry Street conference room. Her work on the panel is also dedicated to seeking funding from towns who don’t have a law-enforcement representative serving in the department. The Charlotte Selectboard recently allocated funds for the group.
Another of Wright’s responsibilities it to explain CUSI’s function to local officials. She praises the work of detectives and other staffers, noting they are dedicated to protecting children.
Kristine Bickford, director of the Children Advocacy Center, works closely with Wright. She singled out Wright’s professionalism and hard work as reasons for her success. “Kristin is an extremely dedicated professional,” said Bickford. “She’s been a great asset to the Board. She’s fantastic and brings a wealth of knowledge She’s willing to go to Selectboard meetings to explain our needs.”