Montpelier, VT – 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. Executive Director, Ellen Kahler, announces the following appointments.
Andrea Cohen has been named to the VSJF Board of Directors. Cohen currently serves as Manager of Government Affairs and Member Relations for Vermont Electric Cooperative in Johnson, Vermont. Previously she was Public Policy Manager (2006-2010), and then Executive Director (2010-2015), for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR).
Cohen led the effort in 2009 to create the Farm to Plate Investment Program which arose out of VBSR’s public policy committee work. The legislation tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund with the development of the Vermont to Plate food system plan and is now in its fifth year of implementation.
Before joining VBSR, Cohen worked for 16 years at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in a variety of positions involving pollution prevention, resource conservation, and solid waste management. She lives in Montpelier.
Janice St. Onge, Deputy Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and President of the Flexible Capital Fund (Flex Fund) has been named to the Vermont Department of Public Service Clean Energy Development Fund Board. The board is responsible for promoting the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally-sustainable electric power, thermal energy, or geothermal resources available for the long term benefit of Vermonters.
St. Onge manages the $4 million Flex Fund that provides flexible risk capital to Vermont growth-stage companies in value added agriculture, forestry and clean/renewable energy sectors. She serves on the Vermont Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, the Energy Action Network’s Capital Mobilization Work Group, and is a member of the State of Vermont Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. She resides in Stowe.
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 www.vsjf.org.