As the Digital Jobs Training Coordinator for CORI, Justin is responsible for supporting rural community partners with executing effective program recruitment strategies.
As CORI’s Future Of Work Program Manager, Brett expands digital training efforts and career placement initiatives across the Rural Innovation Network. Brett brings with him a passion for uplifting traditionally marginalized communities through education and economic empowerment.
Danielle helps CORI connect rural community leaders with digital jobs training programs across the United States. Her journey in career coaching began at Champlain College, where she assisted students in the Communication and Creative Media Division with job placement, career strategy, and alternative career pathways.
Su supports the expansion of access to digital jobs in the Rural Innovation Network by building and equipping networks of local and national employers committed to sourcing, hiring, and developing talent from rural communities.
Qy’Darrius works with the Rural Innovation Network at CORI to provide community development and connectivity among the ecosystems within the network. He aims to be a direct support for network members, providing assistance and direction wherever needed.
As a Research Fellow with CORI, Nola leverages data to surface the strengths and opportunities of rural areas, while also uncovering issues of racial injustice in rural America. Nola brings her background in extensive academic research experience in areas focusing on rural and urban economic issues, marginalized populations, and economic development efforts.
Brēyana is a community engagement specialist who works with Rural Innovation Network communities to develop and implement strategies that increase interest and participation in entrepreneurship, digital skilling, and tech career development programs, with a particular focus on engaging program participants that represent the full diversity of their communities.
Mark Rembert is a regional economist who leads CORI’s efforts to grow and support the Rural Innovation Network, a nationwide community of committed change agents working to advance the economic future of small-town America.
To execute on CORI's mission, we engage our sister organization Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), a taxable nonprofit. RISI staff is listed here.
Rachel is the Foundational Community Assistance Associate at RISI providing support to both the Broadband and Rural Innovation Initiative consulting teams as they help rural communities expand access to broadband internet and develop digital tech economies.
Chen Chen is a data expert who applies data analytics to enhance our internal knowledge on rural economies and produces tools to share data-driven insights with community partners. He also owns multiple data visualization products which facilitate external community outreach.
Mike is a recent graduate and New England native now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Springfield, Vermont, supporting the Black River Innovation Campus’s efforts to connect economically disadvantaged rural job seekers with high-tech careers.
Rebekah Collinsworth is a strategic communicator and storyteller committed to shifting the narrative about rural America and broadening the conversation about what’s possible in small towns and communities across the country.
Austin Danforth is a seasoned storyteller, photographer, and editor who honed his skills over more than a decade as an award-winning journalist.
Kate engages individuals, foundations, and corporations to build and leverage philanthropic support for CORI’s mission. An experienced resource and relationship development leader, Kate has raised millions of dollars to support big ideas and the organizations that advance them.
Matt is the founder and executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation, which he launched in 2017 to reverse the nation’s growing rural opportunity gap and create economic prosperity for small town residents across the country.
May helps guide communities participating in CORI’s Rural Innovation Initiative through the process of developing strategy for thriving digital economic ecosystems.
Nora works directly with communities to help them develop strategies for building thriving digital economy ecosystems. She’s a rural community enthusiast, and loves getting to discover new and diverse communities across the country.
Thomas is an experienced public policy professional working at the intersection of economic development, emerging technology, and equity-focused social policy.
Rachael is a California native now serving as a AmeriCorps VISTA member in Springfield, Vermont, supporting economically disadvantaged rural residents as they connect to the future of work.
John has been coding professionally and personally for over a decade. Although he has specialized in web mapping and visualization for most of that time, his skills range from scripting simple utilities to crafting fullstack applications to spec.
Rebecca helps communities build the capacity they need to make their visions a reality. She joined the team after a successful career as a strategy and development consultant for institutions, researchers, and communities across the country.
Veronique manages the finances, payroll, and accounting for the CORI and RISI teams and strives for her work to empower all team members to become positive contributors to the organizational mission.
As a member of CORI’s broadband team, Myles actively engages with public and private stakeholders in the development of broadband solutions to serve rural communities across the country.
Alex leads CORI’s efforts to help communities plan new fiber networks by building feasibility models, creating business plans with capital stacks that take advantage of state and federal subsidies, and devising partnership structures that align the incentives of public and private entities.
As a Research Associate, Dolley supports web development, mapping and data visualization efforts, along with general IT infrastructure. Dolley has years of experience working with web based technologies and social impact organizations.
Catie is a member of the Operations team, helping with scheduling, development, and organization. She has a background in political organizing and policy work, including most recently working as the field director for a statewide gubernatorial campaign.
Zack leads special projects related to finance, operations and organizational strategy. Zack’s prior experience spans both the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, Zack worked at EY-Parthenon as a strategy consultant.
Molly supports rural communities as they develop and grow strong entrepreneurial ecosystems, creating scalable tech startups in rural America. Prior to joining CORI, she worked with social impact startups at MIT Solve, worked with international women leaders in STEM and entrepreneurship with the State Department, led the Incubator and Accelerator programming at Singularity University.
Matt is a Data Engineer who develops tools and infrastructure to make high-quality data available across the organization. His career has centered on helping companies of all sizes leverage open-source tools and custom technical solutions to solve business problems.
Chris leads the organization’s mapping and data analytics team projects, provides strategy and support to digital tools and websites across the organization, and manages computing infrastructure. He has worked as a product owner, project manager, and digital strategist for over 10 years with a focus on building web-based tools.
Sydney grew up in Norwich, Vermont. She loved growing up in a small community and is passionate about learning more about how they work and ways in which they can develop. Sydney is a junior pursuing a B.A. in economics at Wellesley College where she is also involved in environmental activism and is the Organizations Chair on college government.
Mike works to provide advisory and strategy consulting services to rural communities with data-driven, fact-based research and analysis, and overall program support. Mike joins the team with more than 10 years of professional experience in regional economic development and strategy with prior roles in academia, management consulting, Fortune 500, and in the public sector.
Leah leads CORI’s Rural Innovation Initiative, providing technical assistance for rural communities to build place-based digital economy ecosystem strategies and obtain the funding and resources needed to create real impact.
Alex is a data scientist whose career has focused on renewable energy and entrepreneurship. He provides guidance to enhance data utilization, collaborates with critical stakeholders to operationalize data, and oversees the development and implementation of data-driven solutions to meet strategic objectives of the organization and its partners.
Rose designs and implements programs and content to instigate rural tech startup creation and scale. Prior to joining CORI, Rose supported translation of federally-funded science and engineering research to commercialization through entrepreneurship accelerator programs. Rose has produced policy briefs on health and climate innovation policy for parliamentary bodies, and performed consultations with underserved communities to secure significant community development grants.
Jacob is a creative problem solver with more than seven years of experience in project management; strategy development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; research, data analysis, and writing; policy analysis; curriculum development, training, and facilitation; and team-building. At RISI, he is splitting his time between the Broadband team and the Rural Innovation Initiative.
CORI Innovation Fund
From Wall Street to Main Street, Jay brings a wealth of experience to his role as Managing Partner of CORI’s Innovation Fund, which provides investment capital to growth businesses located in opportunity zones in small communities.