Crystal empowers rural communities through increased access to digital training programs and job opportunities to join the growing tech industry. They are driven by a desire to advance economic justice for all people.
Ana works with both the future of work and entrepreneurship teams to support digital jobs training and employment initiatives as well as entrepreneurship programming in rural America.
An AmeriCorps VISTA based in Springfield, Vermont, Marie works to build capacity with both employers seeking to recruit employees, and people looking to up-skill or learn new skills for the digital economy.
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, Adenola leverages data to surface the strengths and opportunities of rural areas, while also uncovering issues of racial injustice in rural America. Adenola brings her background in extensive academic research experience in areas focusing on rural and urban economic issues, marginalized populations, and economic development efforts.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Daniel supports communities in the Rural Innovation Network as they build digital skilling programs and grow their digital economy ecosystems sustainably. He is currently overseeing a team of eight VISTAs across six Network communities.
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 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.
As a member of the Mapping and Data Analytics team, Camden develops software to analyze and communicate data about rural communities. His career has focused on combining data-driven analysis and visualization to help public-interest organizations more effectively understand and convey their data.
In her role on the broadband team, Anderson assists rural communities in finding pathways for broadband expansion to unserved and underserved communities. She is passionate about broadband’s role in the future of rural economic development, because remote work is what allows her to live in her rural hometown of Roxboro, North Carolina.
Amie serves on RISI’s broadband team, supporting connectivity and economic empowerment for rural communities across the country.
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.
Dani uses qualitative research and policy analysis in her role to better understand the diverse experiences of rural economic development.
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.
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.
Tiffany Henry is a Federal Grant Specialist, helping organizations apply for funding to strengthen and grow digital economy ecosystems, and support innovative projects that prepare rural communities for the jobs of tomorrow.
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 the 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 the team’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.
Robin oversees the financial infrastructure and organizational strategy of CORI and RISI, a role that includes the design and management of finance practices, prioritizing and evaluating business development new opportunities, and setting future goals and objectives.
Kaitlin leads all strategy, assessment, and capacity building for rural communities ready to build digital economy ecosystems.
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 the team, 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.
As a member of the mapping and data analytics team, Drew develops data tools to help define and execute analytics for the organization.
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 the 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.
Stephanie Tomlin leads the mapping and data analytics (MDA) team, overseeing the data and IT infrastructure, research analytics and data strategy to support the narrative shift that can empower thriving digital economies in rural America.
Rose designs and implements programs and content to instigate rural tech startup creation and scale. Prior to joining the team, 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.
Nathan is a Federal Grant Writing Lead for RISI. He is an experienced planner, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and has worked in rural community planning and economic development since 2004. He has a guiding belief in asset-based, purpose-driven development.
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.