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Employment History


Serine Deficiency Foundation

Gubernatorial Appointed Boards

Vermont Board of Forests

Lecturer, Research Assistant, and Instructor

University of


Harvard School of Public Health

Research Fellow

Bicycle City LLC


Single Volunteers Inc




Recreation , Vermont Recreation and Park Association


National Recreation and Park Association




fashion design

Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne

Masters of Arts


University of Vermont

Masters of Science


University of Michigan.


University of Michigan



University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning


Harvard School of Public Health


Old Stowe High School

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Anne Lusk, PhD. is currently a Research Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.
In Stowe, Vermont, she was appointed by the Stowe Selectmen to be Chair of the restoration of the old Stowe High School, now the Stowe Library and Art Center. She also helped put 124 houses in Stowe on the National Register of Historic Places. She was the creator of the award-winning Stowe Recreation Path. In Vermont, she helped found the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council and the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and served on a variety of state, county, and community transportation committees. She was a member of the Vermont Board of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Vermont Recreation and Park Association, and Vermont Urban and Community Forestry program. In Vermont, she also created the organization Single Volunteers that, after being featured in TIME magazine, fostered Single Volunteer organizations worldwide. Dr. Lusk earned a Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning with a major in Environment and Behavior and a minor in Urban Planning. Dr. Lusk additionally holds a Masters in fashion design from Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne from Paris, France, a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan. ( more)

Single Volunteers of Hunterdon County [cached]

The concept of singles working together crystallized for Single Volunteer's Founder, Anne Lusk on Thanksgiving Day 1995, when she worked in a soup kitchen.
She volunteered to feed the homeless and low income individuals in an extremely nice restaurant in Burlington, Vermont. Upon arriving, Lusk was put in charge of the donated coats which in the past had been put on a table in a heap and which then often ended up on the floor. Working with others, she organized the coats as a cross between a Ski and Skate Sale and Saks Fifth Avenue, which would allow the homeless the dignity of selecting a properly sized and nicely hung coat. After the coats were organized that morning, the restaurant operator called together all the people who had worked on that project to say that the coats had never been organized so quickly and everyone could go home. Not wanting to be sent home at 10 in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, Lusk hid. Soon the homeless were allowed in the doors and she became their personal shopper, selecting just the right coat for wear and style. She worked all day with the homeless, oblivious to the others also volunteering. At the end of the day, the restaurant operator closed the doors and spread out a gourmet Thanksgiving banquet for the volunteers. Lusk realized she had been working with a group of single people who were by then exhausted but, on what could have been a lonely holiday, who were also very content. The more formalized thoughts for Single Volunteers began in the summer of 1996 when Lusk decided to put together a work crew to clean up an old Stowe, Vermont, farmstead which the Town had purchased. Not wanting to let this potential energy escape, Lusk got on the phone to all her friends in the nonprofit sector to see if there might be work for volunteers. She had volunteered in Vermont for the past 20 years, had been Chair of the Vermont Trails and Greenways for 8 years, served on a variety of Gubernatorial appointed boards including the Vermont Board of Forests, Parks and Recreation and had helped start a United Way in Lamoille County. Her Rolodex was packed with potential. Lusk then set to work on the name. Discarding a variety of options and contacting friends in the public relations and marketing business, Lusk settled on her simple and self explanatory name, "Single Volunteers." The first project which landed in her lap was Habitat for Humanity. They needed 12 people to put up stud frame interior walls. Lusk then had to scramble to assemble a crew. She had entered an 8-mile road race and prepared a poster for the registration period in hopes that volunteers might sign up. When the race organizers forgot to hang her poster, she had second thoughts and wondered if Single Volunteers was a bad idea. Undaunted, she joined a Vermont dating service, so at least she would have a list of single men. The list arrived near the time of the Habitat project, but Lusk went down the list anyway, looking for biographies which indicated carpentry skills. Lusk then made cold calls to the men and, thank goodness, the guys were nice and said yes to her request. Lusk's daughter teased her and said she was supposed to call up those men and ask if they wanted to have a cup of coffee, not put up walls in a Habitat for Humanity House. Lusk also sent out news releases to the Vermont newspapers. A local television station came to cover the Habitat project. With her name and phone number listed, her phone was ringing constantly with volunteers wanting to help. Single Volunteers of Vermont was begun. Lusk was especially gratified because not only did singles like the concept, married people approved and called to offer projects or recommend friends as members. When Single Volunteers was started, Lusk was existing on a low budget, but she invested her own funds in getting the organization up and running. She knew she could have spent funds to join an expensive dating service, but felt postage and phone calls for Single Volunteers was a better investment. After completing countless projects in Vermont, Lusk started on her mission to get the word out nationwide. She assembled press kits of newspaper articles written about Single Volunteers. A reporter for TL@E magazine read the materials and called to do a feature in the Heroes column. That piece was in the Man of the Year issue, December 30,1996. E-mails, letter and phone calls started pouring in from people across the country who wanted to form chapters. Lusk created starter kits and sent them to people wanting to form chapters. By this time, she had been contacted by Burlington Community College which offered meeting room space and free use of the copy machine. Lusk paid for the postage and envelopes to send out materials to people across the country. Lusk did, however, take the papers for the Single Volunteers National Clearinghouse to Michigan and in between studying, she continues to encourage the creation of new chapters. With the recent mention in Good Housekeeping and The New York Times, she has been busy sending out materials. » Bike Boulevards: Social, Healthy, Economic [cached]

Observers like Anne Lusk of Harvard's School of Public Health argue that full "cycle tracks" are ultimately the only way to go.

APBP Annual Award Winners - Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals [cached]

Anne Lusk, PhD, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health

About Bicycle City | Bicycle City [cached]

Anne Lusk
Bicycle City - Ann Lusk Anne is an advisor to Bicycle City. Anne has a Ph.D. in architecture and a 25-year history working on bicycle environments for all populations. She is a research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and is currently studying 20 bicycle paths across the U.S. as part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. As an NIH grant recipient, over the next three years, she will compare ten highly frequented greenways with ten not highly frequented greenways to study the hypothesis that highly frequented greenways have destinations that serve human needs. Dr. Lusk has twenty-five years experience as a lecturer, writer, and researcher on a variety of topics related to historic preservation and greenways/multi-use paths. Click here for a full-length interview with Anne Lusk.

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