September 6–8, 2017

Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Executive Director
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Ellen Kahler became the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) in late 2005. VSJF nurtures the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy by providing business assistance, network development, research and financing in agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy, and the climate economy sectors. She is a graduate of Bucknell University in PA with a BA in Political Science and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a Masters in Public Administration.  Prior to joining the VSJF, Ellen was the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (1990 to 2002). Ellen has received numerous leadership awards including: The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial & Community Leadership from the VT Community Foundation (2015), the Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the VT Natural Resources Council (2015) and the Jan Eastman Excellence in Leadership Award from the Snelling Center for Government (2010). Ellen currently serves on the Boards of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, the Statewide Workforce Development Board, and the Energy Action Network.

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