Ellen Kahler

Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Ellen Kahler became the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) in late 2005. Prior to joining the VSJF, Ellen was the executive director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (1990 to 2002). She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

VSJF’s mission is to nurture the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy. The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund provides business assistance, value chain facilitation, network development, and strategic planning in agriculture and food systems, forest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995, VSJF partners with state government, private sector businesses, and nonprofits to build a thriving economic, social, and ecological future for Vermont.

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 was also a recipient of a three-year leadership development fellowship through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1994-1997) and was a member of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute class of 1997. Ellen currently serves on the Boards of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, the Vermont Workforce Development Board, and Energy Action Network.