Economic development, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy professionals appointed to Board of Directors at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Montpelier, VT – Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund executive director, Ellen Kahler, announces three new appointments to the Board of Directors to help the organization nurture the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy.

Sara Gilbert of Rutland City is an assistant director at Rutland Economic Development Corporation and former director of business development at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. Gilbert co-founded Rutland Young Professionals, which launched the Young Professionals Summit of Vermont in 2015, and currently serves as secretary of the board.

Nate Hausman of Montpelier is a project manager for Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance, primarily focused on solar energy policy. Hausman is a licensed attorney and previously served as an associate attorney for the Austin Legal Group and as a visiting attorney for the Environmental Law Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of Montpelier Alive and R&R Foundation.

Shelly Martin of Morristown is a project manager for EARTHSHIFT, a sustainability consultancy, focused on life cycle assessment and business sustainability, working with Fortune 500 companies, government bodies and institutional clients. Martin previously served as an environmental project manager with Spring Hill Solutions. She serves on the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment Certification Board.

Kahler also announces Ed Kiniry of Shelburne is retiring from the Board after nine years of service to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Kiniry was the CEO of Tubbs Snowshoe Company. 

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), located in Montpelier, Vermont, is a non-profit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to nurture the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy. VSJF provides business assistance, network development, research, and financing in agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors. VSJF coordinates the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, Vermont Agriculture Development Program, Forests Products Value Chain Investment Program, and serves as the fund manager for the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C. Engage further on Facebook at