Former head of nonprofit Neighborhood House takes job in Vermont

A Vermont nonprofit that helps people move out of poverty has hired the former head of a Minnesota nonprofit, Dan Hoxworth, as its new executive director.

The 50-year-old Capstone Community Action in Barre hired Hoxworth to replace its veteran director, Hal Cohen, who left after 18 years to head a state agency. 

Hoxworth was best known in the Twin Cities for running Neighborhood House on St. Paul’s West Side from 1997-2007. While there, he developed the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building. He’d also been head of Transit for Livable Communities here.

In 2011 he left for Missouri, where he ran Child & Family Tennessee in Knoxville.

Lori Belding, president of the Capstone board, told the Barre Montpelier Times Argus that Hoxworth was “a cut above” the rest of the candidates in a national search.

She said he’d proved adept at fundraising and forging community relationships at Neighborhood House.

“He has an excellent track record of working at nonprofit agencies,” she said.

And the hiring committee didn’t mind that he’s new to Vermont. “We felt, based on his experience, he’d fit in quickly,” she said. 

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