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Our Staff

Paul CostelloJon Copans
Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director
Jon joined VCRD in 2017. He worked previously for the State of Vermont as Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service Department and at the Department of Environmental Conservation, and for eight years served in Congressman Peter Welch’s Vermont office. Jon grew up in Brattleboro, graduated from Macalester College, and currently lives in Montpelier with his wife and three children. .

Paul CostelloPaul Costello
Executive Director
Paul joined VCRD as Executive Director in 2000. He is a native Vermonter who attended UVM before earning a PhD in intellectual history at McGill. He has served on boards ranging from corrections education to cooperatives and libraries, and is currently committed to a three-person blue ribbon commission on Government Restructuring and Operations for the State of Vermont, and the boards of Vermont Rural Ventures, the Center for an Agricultural Economy, and Partners for Rural America.

Jenna KoloskiJenna Koloski
Community and Policy Manager
Jenna joined VCRD in 2015. Jenna moved to Vermont from New Hampshire in 2009 and has since worked in outdoor education, community development, and food security. Jenna studied Conservation and Biodiversity at McGill University and holds a master's degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Margaret McCoyMargaret Gibson McCoy
Office and Communications Manager
Margaret worked in non-profit office management and communications for 20 years before joining VCRD in the summer of 2008. She grew up and still lives in Central Vermont with her husband and 2 boys, and is a UVM graduate.