Who Decides

The 2019 Advisory Board is pending and many NPA's are currently recruiting volunteers. 

Please see a description of Advisory Board Member duties here and a meeting schedule here for more information.  


2018 Advisory Board Information

The keystone to the annual allocation of CDBG funds in the City of Burlington is the Citizen Advisory Board, which makes funding recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council. This citizen allocation process has been in place since the 1980's. The Citizen Advisory Board reviews all non-CEDO initiated funding proposals.

Half of the members of the Citizen Advisory Board are elected by the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, three members are appointed by the Mayor, one member represents Burlington youth, and the remaining members represent other stakeholders such as the State of Vermont.  Below is a list of members for the 2018 Board which meets during January, February and March to review this year's applications.  A Public Hearing before City Council will be held in April or May 2018.

Burlington's use of a Citizen Advisory Board to make recommendations on the best use of the city's annual federal CDBG appropriation has received national recognition, including a local Best Practice award from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The Board makes difficult but community-based decisions about addressing a broad spectrum of poverty-related needs with finite resources.


2018 CDBG Advisory Board  



Jonathan Chappel-Sokol

Ward One

Andrew Champagne

Ward Two

Erica Spiegel

Ward Three

Alex Farrell

Ward Four

Samuel Beall

Ward Five

Brian MacDonald

Ward Six

Chris Trombly

Ward Seven

Gabrielle Sealy

Ward Eight
Chol Dhoor


Lizzie Haskell


Alexander Friend


Jane Helmstetter

State of Vermont



Adam Roof (ex officio)

City Council Community Development Committee
Sara Moore (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee
Karen Paul (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee


CDBG Board Meetings

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 5:30pm

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 5:30pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 5:30pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 5:45pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm