Hal Colston

Hal Colston spent 17 years in the culinary field as a chef culminating in a teaching position at New England Culinary Institute (1989) after attending the University of Pennsylvania (1975). Transitioning to social services in 1993 as Assistant Director at Chittenden Community Action, Hal created the Good News Garage (1996) and NeighborKeepers (2006) as a social entrepreneur. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Saint Michael’s College (2000) for creating Good News Garage. Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2011 as Executive Director of SerVermont, Hal served as Partnership for Change Director from 2013 to 2018. Hal was named the 2014 “Vermonter of the Year” by the Burlington Free Press. Hal now serves as Deputy Mayor in Winooski and was appointed by Governor Phil Scott in 2019 to serve as State Representative for Winooski. 

Hal has served on many non-profit boards such as the Howard Center, United Way of Chittenden County, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties as chair, Vermont Health Foundation as chair, and board chair for the Center for Whole Communities. Hal now serves on the board of the Richard and Barbara Snelling Center for Government, Vermont PBS, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Center for Health and Learning and the University of Vermont Medical Center Board of Trustees.