Elisabeth Kulas calls herself a community catalyst; a change agent. She lives in Rutland Town with her teenage son, and is currently taking an intentional pause in her professional career. She is delighted to begin her tenure on the Preservation Trust of Vermont Board as one of her limited commitments during this down time.
Elisabeth retired from her long time position as Executive Director and Director of Project Development of the Housing Trust of Rutland County at the end of 2021, after almost 30 years in Vermont’s affordable housing industry. Elisabeth is known for her persistence and tenacity in real estate development with extensive experience with historic preservation, energy conservation (both renewables and efficiencies), and environmental concerns. She has tackled many white elephants (prominent buildings within their respective communities with important histories and unique redevelopment challenges), and has worked tirelessly to strengthen communities within Rutland County. The Adams House, one of the Italianate marble homes on the green in Fair Haven, and the historic 1897 Watkins School in Rutland City are two of her award winning projects.
Elisabeth has a passion for design and renovation; She leads the design team through the entire process from the perspective of the end user, striving for quality of life for the intended renters, while also creating high quality housing that respects its history and integrates into its surroundings.
“Across her more than 20 year career at the Housing Trust of Rutland County, Elisabeth has demonstrated the leadership, creativity, vision and commitment to public service that this award recognizes.” — Paul Bruhn and Emily Wadhams, in nominating Kulas for the VNRC’s 2016 Art Gibb Award.