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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Matt Dunne

Founder and Executive Director

Matt served 11 years in the Vermont House and Senate, enacting the state’s first broadband grants, brownfields revitalization funding, and downtown redevelopment program. He helped grow a VT-based software company to over 100 people and was Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center on Public Policy at Dartmouth College.

In 1999 Matt was appointed director of AmeriCorps*VISTA under President Clinton, where he led PowerUp, one of the first national efforts to bridge the digital divide, and launched an Entrepreneur Corps to focus on micro-finance in high-need communities.

In 2007, he started Google’s Community Affairs division out of a former bread factory in White River Jct, VT, where he led all local US philanthropy and engagement, including the Google Fiber rollout and orchestrating educational and development initiatives in Google’s data center communities across rural America.

Matt has a BA from Brown University, and also holds an appointment at the MIT Media Lab. He is a lifelong Vermonter who lives on the 100 acre farm where he was raised.

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Caroline Cannon

Project Management Consultant

Caroline has spent the past twenty years starting, pivoting and growing organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she has been a consultant to early stage entrepreneurs with specialized experience in big data analytics, computational engineering, education, and healthcare.

Prior to joining RISI, Caroline co-founded Clarisond, a data-driven medical technology company based in New Hampshire, and worked as the Career Development Director at the Tuck School of Business. She also served as Director of Administration and Entrepreneurship at the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences at the Geisel School of Medicine.

A long-term resident of the Upper Valley region, she brings a strong connection to the local community. Caroline has a BA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and an MBA from Tuck School of Business.

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Vin Fusca

Operations Director

Vin has a varied career spanning 40-years in the public and private sectors. A retired military officer, Vin led numerous military units and served in senior staff positions focused on strategy and operational planning. Transitioning to civilian life, Vin entered academia and provided the operational leadership to internationally recognized research entities at Dartmouth College. During this work, he was engaged in the development and operation of large data systems and federal research grants.

Following this work, Vin served in a leadership role for a major health system with oversight of government relations, philanthropy, communications, and governance activities. Most recently, Vin was involved in the startup of two health technology businesses, one of which involved a new workforce development program.

Vin has a BA from Castleton University and a MMS from the Marine Corps University.

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Alex Kelley

Research and Communications Associate

Alex’s career has been split between professional services in Silicon Valley and rural organizing and political strategy.  He served as a Project Manager and then Creative Manager at the global branding firm Catchword, based in Oakland, CA, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the food and beverage, e-commerce, and automotive sectors, among others. He also led research efforts around market and branding trends, as well as the impact of the introduction of thousands of new gTLDs that started in 2013.

Alex has also served as Senior Staff in various capacities on four political campaigns in New England and upstate New York. At RISI, he has focused his research on rural workforce automation, business acceleration and incubation, and rural entrepreneurship.

Alex holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

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Dolley MacDermot

Operations Associate

Dolley has years of experience working with web based technologies and social impact organizations.

Dolley worked on various projects with Singularity University, an organization dedicated to anticipating how AI and machine learning will shape our lives.

Previously, she provided software consulting support and customer service management for social impact oriented organizations.

Dolley earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire. She also has been a licensed EMT for 9+ years operating in both Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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Luke McGowan

Manager, Special Projects

Luke has spent the last 12 years working at the intersection of government, community organizing, and tech to make lives better. Most recently, as a consultant, he’s advised small companies and nonprofits on how to grow their teams, set and meet budgets, and design their online products.

Before that, he helped build Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based tech startup that helps small businesses around the country find new customers.

And Luke’s first job was on the Obama campaign in 2008, where he knocked on thousands of doors and talked to hundreds of voters in seven different states. He then joined the Administration as a letter and speech writer for Vice President Biden and later worked as a White House aide for President Obama.

Luke has a BA from Columbia University and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in a rural Vermont town with his wife and son.

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Lee Rom


Lee has spent 18+ years with professional services firms and social enterprises at the startup, growth and established stages.

Prior to joining RISI, she served as COO of Dalberg, a global strategy consulting firm focused on social and economic development.  She also worked as a consultant and interim COO to private equity firms.

Previously, she was as an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where she executed financing transactions across industries and served as Business Unit Manager of the firm’s European Financing Group.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Lee advised emerging market private equity investors and their portfolio companies.  She worked with GrameenPhone, Bangladesh’s largest cellular operator, as well as a startup which operated cellular telephony franchises in rural areas of Uganda.

Lee holds an MBA from Wharton, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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Alex Tenenbaum

Data Analytics Manager

Alex is a data scientist whose career has focused on renewable energy and entrepreneurship.

Alex was born and raised in rural Vermont. After college he served as a quantitative analyst for The Brattle Group in Washington, DC, contributing to the creation of software and economic analyses to inform integral energy decisions across the country. In 2011, Alex attended Yale’s School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies joint degree program before co-founding a technology start-up creating low energy environmental sensors. Most recently, he consulted as a Senior Analyst for a variety of energy and environmental clients.

Alex has a BA from Connecticut College, and spent two years at the Yale School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.