Hal Colston

Director

Hal Colston

Hal Colston’s lifelong interests of social justice and entrepreneurship have been blended in his career path. For seventeen years he worked in Philadelphia as a manager and a chef, relocating to Vermont to teach at the New England Culinary Institute. Transitioning from food service to social services began with Chittenden Community Action. Joining Lutheran Social Services in 1996, Hal founded the Good News Garage program, to create transportation equity for people in economically distressed communities. Good News Garage has become a national model with locations in several other states. Hal launched NeighborKeepers in January 2006, an inclusive community empowering families to create a sustainable path to adequate resources. In January 2011, Hal was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin as Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service.