Prior to joining VFDA in 2007, Cota worked as a journalist and school teacher in Santa Barbara, California. Cota earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from California State University Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication from the George Washington University. Cota volunteers his time on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the South Burlington Development Review Board, the Vermont Climate Action Commission, the New England Fuel Institute, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee, and the Vermont Home Energy Assistance Task Force.
In 2012, Cota received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and in 2009 was named “Financial Services Champion of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2013, VFDA was awarded a Rural Enterprise Development Grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assess the feasibility of producing a renewable liquid heating fuel derived from oleaginous algae with raw materials from Vermont dairy farms and breweries. Cota is a frequent guest speaker on the emergence of biofuels in home heating at the University Vermont and a contributing author of “Bioenergy” published by Academic Press.
Cota grew up in southern Vermont and attended schools in Westminster, Bellows Falls, and Saxtons River. He currently lives in South Burlington with his wife and two teenage children.
You can reach Matt Cota at 802-223-7750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Cota is the Executive Director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA), a member focused trade organization providing a proactive and unified voice in Vermont for retail fuel companies and related service industries.