The Partnership for Change Announces Director

The Partnership for Change is pleased to announce the hiring of Hal Colston as its Director. The Director is responsible for leading the Partnership’s efforts to help build a prosperous future for the Burlington and Winooski communities by remodeling our schools for the 21st century. Hal will work closely with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, including school administrators, students, teachers, parents, and community partners, to support school change. He will guide the Partnership as it enhances the capacity for new and innovative practices in our schools and advances our vision of an educational system in which every student graduates well prepared for success in today’s world.

Hal comes to the position of Director from a long and vibrant career committed to social justice and entrepreneurship. After seventeen years as a manager, chef, and instructor in the foodservice industry, Hal entered the field of social services, beginning with Chittenden Community Action. Joining Lutheran Social Services in 1996, he founded Good News Garage, which seeks to create transportation equity for people in economically distressed communities. In January 2006, Hal launched NeighborKeepers, an inclusive community that empowers families to create a sustainable path to adequate resources. He was appointed Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2011.

“Hal cares deeply about the future of the Winooski and Burlington communities,” said Martha Maksym, Chair of the Partnership’s Steering Committee and Executive Director of United Way of Chittenden County. “We are very lucky to have someone with his passion and proven leadership ability to move the work of the Partnership for Change forward.”