Jim Flint - Executive Director
Jim joined WonderArts in April 2012 after a 25-year career in the Burlington area in nonprofit administration, teaching, and sustainable community development. His focus is on building organizational capacity, expanding WonderArts’s high quality programming, and in sharing the WonderArts approach as an inspiring model for other communities.
Jim grew up on a farmstead in upstate New York and graduated from the S.U.N.Y College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. He moved to Vermont after college and fell in love with the sense of purpose and welcoming spirit of the people he met. Jim received a M.Ed in secondary science education from the University of Vermont and began his teaching career in the Northeast Kingdom, where he co-founded a private school program in Lyndonville serving at-risk youths.
Jim went on to teach for St. Michael's College at IBM and to serve as director of the Youth Garden Grants Program with the National Gardening Association. His passion for community organizing led to the founding of Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Vermont Community Garden Network, a nonprofit supporting community, school, and neighborhood gardening in the Burlington area and across Vermont. Jim become FBG’s first executive director in 2001 and guided the organization through a ten year growth process. As a capstone project, he directed a federal grant program supporting 40 school community gardens across Vermont.
Jim and his wife Barb live in Craftsbury village. Barb is the activity team leader at the Craftsbury Community Care Center. Jim and Barb are parents of two adult children, Alison and Jonathan.