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Future of Work Program Manager Brett Ellis

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.

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Community Engagement Specialist Brēyana Ray

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.

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Head of Rural Innovation Network Mark Rembert

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.

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Research and Evaluation Specialist Aidan Calvelli

Aidan works to build knowledge and understanding of rural digital economies that can be translated into actionable ideas that close the rural opportunity gap. Prior to joining the team, he worked as an editor and research assistant, contributing to books and articles on the Constitution, the presidency, and American political history.

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Data Analyst Chen Chen

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.

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Americorps VISTA - Corporate Partnerships Manager Mike Chirico

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.

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Communications Director Rebekah Collinsworth

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.

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Communications Specialist Austin Danforth
Austin Danforth is a storyteller who honed his skills over more than a decade as an award-winning journalist.
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Development Director Kate Duffy

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.

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Founder and Executive Director Matt Dunne

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.

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Community Manager — Rural Innovation Initiative Nora Foote

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.

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Americorps VISTA — Recruitment and Cohort Development Coordinator Rachael Grainger

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.

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Software Developer John Hall

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.

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Director of Capacity Rebecca Huenink

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.

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Finance Manager Veronique Husser

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.

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Broadband Analyst Myles Kamisher-Koch

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.

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Senior Broadband Consultant Alex Kelley

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.

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Broadband Consulting Analyst Hannah Nunez

As a member of CORI’s broadband team, Hannah collaborates with municipalities, state governments, and nongovernmental entities to expand access to broadband for rural communities, helping them secure funding, build partnerships, and implement sustainable solutions for internet connectivity.

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Research Associate Dolley MacDermot

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.

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Operations Assistant Catie Michael

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.

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Finance and Operations Specialist Zack Nolan

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.

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Lead Molly Pyle

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.

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Data Engineer Matt Rogers

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.

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Geospatial Products Manager Chris Rowe

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.

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Regional Economic Data Specialist Mike Tavilla

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.

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Manager, Rural Innovation Initiative Leah Taylor

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.

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Director, Technology and Data Analytics Alex Tenenbaum

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.

CORI Innovation Fund

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Managing Partner Jay Bockhaus

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.