Aimee Berger-Girvalo is a candidate for CT State Representative, 111th District.
Aimee moved to Ridgefield 13 years ago and is proudly raising her family in our town. Her background in business management, education, youth sports and service are demonstrations of her talent and her commitment to building the people and the community of Ridgefield.
Aimee grew up in New York State, the daughter of a Vietnam-era US Army nurse, Lynn Berger, and advertising executive George Berger. She began her career as an Operations Manager for Hard Rock Café International where she worked with the corporate training department to develop and rollout nationally a comprehensive staff development program. Her business unit was selected for its best practices and served as a Management Training hub for the corporation. After five years with Hard Rock International, she served as General Manager for two units of the Banana Republic.
After seven years as an at-home Mom, with encouragement from her family, she enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dedication and hard work earned her a BA in Developmental Disability Advocacy in 2017. Today, as a Special Educator and ABA Therapist, she credits the inspiration of her children and their pride in her as the driving forces behind her career change. As Aimee often states, “Their support of me forced me to banish the phrase, I can’t, from my vocabulary.”
Aimee’s work to improve education, physical and mental health for children and youth led her to volunteer for 11 years as the director and coach of the Holland League of the Soccer Club of Ridgefield. There she resurrected the program which gives children with special needs the opportunity to play a team sport. It was the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Newtown that led Aimee to become a member of the planning committee for the March for Change, as well as an active volunteer with Moms Demand Action. Aimee is a co-founder of the Ridgefield Women’s March, a non-partisan group of over 1,000 local men and women dedicated to governmental accountability, transparency and action on the most important issues of today.
Aimee and her children Gracie and Austin, along with their rescue dogs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Jarvis and Potter, are active hikers of Ridgefield’s Pine Mountain Trail and Bennett’s Pond State Park.