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Executive Director

Sarah CarpenterSarah E. Carpenter

Sarah Carpenter is a native of Burlington, Vermont. In December 1998 she was appointed Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. 

From 1983-1998, Sarah served as the Executive Director of Cathedral Square Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. Cathedral Square is a nationally recognized leader in developing and operating affordable housing and community services. Prior to that Sarah held several positions with the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging.

Sarah is a cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Vermont YWCA Susan B. Anthony Woman of the Year Award, the National Organization on Disability Outstanding Contribution Award, a NeighborWorks America Government Service Award, and a Senator Patrick Leahy Leadership Award.

Sarah has been a member and officer of a variety of voluntary boards. She recently completed serving 10 years with the National Council of State Housing Agencies’ (NCSHA) national board and is active on a number of NCSHA committees.  She currently serves on the boards of the Vermont Community Development Program, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund. In the past Sarah has served on boards of Fletcher Allen Healthcare (now the University of Vermont Medical Center); Fanny Allen Hospital; the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now Leading Age); AAHSA Assurances Limited; Housing Vermont; the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS); and a number of local charitable organizations. She has also served on the advisory boards the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.