Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announces Board of Director changes

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is a non-profit organization created by the State of Vermont to help develop Vermont’s sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and forest product market sectors. Today Executive Director, Ellen Kahler, announced the following Board of Directors membership updates:

Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Patricia Moulton, joins the VSJF Board of Directors as designated by state statute, replacing Lawrence Miller. Most recently, Moulton was Executive Director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and previously served as Deputy Secretary and Director of Economic Development for ACCD under Governor Shumlin. Prior positions include Vice President of Public Affairs at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor appointed by Governor James Douglas, and Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board and its predecessor, the Vermont Environmental Board. Before her environmental regulation and policy work, Moulton spent 22 years in the practice of economic development on the local, regional, and state levels. She resides in Montpelier.

New Board member and recently elected Secretary/Treasurer, Cairn Cross, is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the venture capital fund. Cross presently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday and Budnitz Bicycles. From 1996 to 2000 he owned and operated Cross Vermont Financial, a strategic and financial consultancy to Vermont banks and growth businesses such as Collector Online, Otter Creek Industries, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and the Merchants Bank. Previously he was the Assistant General Manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. and a Vice President and Corporate Loan Officer for the Howard Bank. He resides in Ferrisburgh.

VSJF also welcomes Nick Richardson to the Board. As Vice President for Enterprise and Finance at the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Richardson oversees long-term financial strategy and supports VLT’s work on economic development strategies related to the working lands enterprise. Prior to joining VLT, he served as the Director of Operations at Encore Redevelopment, a Vermont-based renewable energy development company. Richardson earned his MBA in 2008 from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and resides in Jericho Center.    

Bill Murray, a realtor with Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors and resident of Guilford, has been reappointed by Governor Shumlin for a second three year term. Murray is committed to preserving Vermont’s working landscape and has worked with the Vermont Land Trust and Windham Regional Planning Commission and served on the boards of the Brattleboro Food Coop and Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

“Finally, we extend much appreciation and gratitude to David Marvin, owner of Butternut Mountain Farm, for his dedication to the VSJF Board of Directors over the past six years,” says Ellen Kahler. “His contributions to the Vermont maple and forestry industries have been invaluable to our work developing sustainable market sectors in the State of Vermont.” Marvin resides in Johnson.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), located in Montpelier, Vermont, is a non-profit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. VSJF provides early stage grant funding, technical assistance, and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks, and others interested in developing jobs and markets to strengthen Vermont’s working landscape. The current focus is strengthening the intersection of renewable energy (in the form of biofuels), agriculture, and sustainable forest products. VSJF coordinates the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, Vermont Agriculture Development Program, Harvest for Use Initiative, Peer to Peer Collaborative, and manages both the Vermont Food System and Energy Atlas’. Investments in green economy companies are provided through the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C. More information is available at