Bruce established Campaign for Vermont because he is optimistic about a vibrant and prosperous Vermont economy. He was born in the old North end and raised in Burlington. He attended Burlington High School before continuing on to graduate from the University of Vermont. Bruce’s self-made success began in New York’s financial district as a file clerk. He moved through the ranks to become Co-Head of Global Equities at Bear Stearns Companies, a position he held for twenty years. In 2009 he retired from JP Morgan Chase & Co as Chairman of their Global Equities Division. Bruce has been a staunch supporter and board member of many Vermont institutions, such as the Shelburne Museum, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, National Life, and Merchant Bancshares Corporation.
Over the years, Bruce has also served on the boards of Central Vermont Public Service, The Hewitt School, Pace University, University of Vermont (Chairman), the Smithsonian Libraries, HS Broadcasting, and BRUT Inc.. Bruce has been a lead supporter of the Boys and Girls Club’s Early Promise Program; believing in its transformational potential of Burlington’s young people. A long-time environmentalist, Bruce is currently involved in a joint effort with Preservation Trust of Vermont to replenish the tree canopy in Vermont’s communities and also served on the Board of the American Forests.
A strong supporter of higher education, and career retraining, in 1993 Bruce endowed a scholarship fund at UVM in the name of his father, Irving Lisman class of ’34. The scholarship is designed for non-traditional students seeking a career change, and focused on Vermonters. Most recently, Champlain College honored Bruce as the 2011 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen for his “long-time devotion to education and service to Vermont.” Today, Bruce is focused on efforts that support the economic security of Vermont’s families and future generations as a Founding Officer of Campaign for Vermont.