Director and Harbormaster
City of Burlington - Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

Jesse was first appointed by Mayor Miro Weinberger in October of 2012. As the Director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, Bridges oversees all of Burlington’s 37 parks, 550+ acres of open space, 3 public beaches, street trees & greenways, community gardens, 3 cemeteries, the Miller Recreation Center, Leddy Ice Arena, Memorial Auditorium, and all recreation programs. He also serves as the City’s
Harbormaster overseeing the public marina and harbor activities. Prior to joining the City, Jesse served as the Associate Director of Major Gifts - Athletics and Director of the Victory Club at the University of Vermont Foundation. He served a dual role in the athletic department as an Assistant Director of Athletics overseeing the Victory Club (athletic department annual fund) and ticket operations while also focusing on budget preparation, revenue forecasting and technology. Bridges received his B.A. in History in 2002 and a Masters in Public Administration in 2008, both from the University of Vermont. As a volunteer Jesse has passions in politics and education serving on numerous campaigns throughout his time in VT. A graduate of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Champlain program class of 2011, Bridges joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as the Vice Chair.
Burlington has 42,000 Director's, our residents are passionate and opinionated which can be powerful and engaging. It can also be harrowing and nerve racking. Through hundreds of small group, individual and public presentations Jesse has developed a style that incorporates tenants of active listening, emotional intelligence and clear delivery to allow for public input while managing sometimes emotional topics.

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