Dr. Hal Colston (Winooski, VT) spent 17 years in the culinary field as a chef culminating in a teaching position at New England Culinary Institute after attending the University of Pennsylvania.

Transitioning to social services in 1993, Hal created the Good News Garage and NeighborKeepers as a social entrepreneur. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Saint Michael’s College for creating Good News Garage. Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2011 as Executive Director of SerVermont, Hal now serves as Partnership for Change Director since 2013. Hal was named the 2014 “Vermonter of the Year” by the Burlington Free Press.

Hal has served on many non-profit boards such as the Howard Center, Burlington Community Land Trust, United Way of Chittenden County, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties as chair, and Vermont Health Foundation as chair. He is board chair for the Center for Whole Communities and serves on the board of the Richard and Barbara Snelling Center for Government, the Young Writers Project, as well as the United Way of Northwest Vermont Community Investment Committee.