Charlene Perkins Cutler
Candidate for First Selectman

To offer experienced leadership, we are thrilled to announce our nominee for

First Selectman

Charlene Perkins Cutler


  • Resident of Woodstock for 50 years; widowed with two grown sons, Tim and James.

  • Executive Director and CEO of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, 1997-2017.

    • Developed partnerships and capacity-building programs with 60 municipalities, 3 state, and federal governments, to complete projects like the $15 million Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center on Route 146 in Worcester.

    • Experienced in contracting, managing, accounting, and auditing federal, state, corporate, and private funding.

    • Managed diverse staff, developed personnel policies, handbooks, hiring and training procedures.

    • Excellent skills in long-range and sustainability planning.

    • Successful grant writer and fundraiser.

    • Developed public outreach programs and publications, for example, Walktober.

    • Developed and managed successful volunteer programs.

  • Master's Degree, Framingham State University, in administration.

  • Previous work experience as a consultant to nonprofits and director of museums, 1987-97

  • Wrote a weekly column for the Norwich Bulletin for 17 years on the subjects of cultural and natural resources in the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley NHC.

  • Fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool FC.


Woodstock Board of Finance, 2020-present

Woodstock Open Space Acquisition Committee, 2020-present

Connecticut Historic Preservation Commission, member, 2012-2014

Northeast Connecticut Economic Partnership, CEDS Committee, 2010-2014

Connecticut Greenways Council, member, 2001-2008

Alliance of National Heritage Areas, member of Board of Directors, 1997-2006

Norwich Bulletin, community editorial board member, 2006

I-395 Transportation Investment Area Board, co-chairman, 2003-4

NECCOG, Visitor Center Advisory Council, 1999-2014

American Association of Museum Volunteers, New England regional chairman, 1990-96

Woodstock Land Use Board of Appeals (Charlene Perkins Brown), 1988-89

Woodstock Land Use Planning Committee (Charlene Perkins Brown), 1987-88

Woodstock Tercentenary Committee, 1985-86

Museums of Northeast Connecticut, founder, and chairman of Board of Directors, 1986-1990

Northeast Connecticut Visitors District, chairman, and member, Board of Directors, 1984-1991