As the Director of People Operations and Culture, October is an advocate for the organization — its staff and its leadership — as well as a sponsor for culture building, values development across the organization as it matures.
Rachel is a Community Manager at RISI, working with the Rural Innovation Initiative consulting team as they help rural communities develop digital tech economies.
In her role on the broadband team, Dani enjoys learning from her colleagues and assisting with mission-driven writing and editing projects that expand broadband access and help alleviate societal inequities in rural communities across the country.
As a member of the mapping and data analytics team, Camden develops software to analyze and communicate data about rural communities.
As the regional director, Brandon leads the organization’s overall expansion strategy in the southeastern U.S.
In her role on the broadband team, Anderson assists rural communities in finding pathways for broadband expansion to unserved and underserved communities.
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.
Mike manages all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, and development of financial polices and procedures for the organization.
Austin Danforth is a seasoned storyteller, photographer, and editor who honed his skills over more than a decade as an award-winning journalist.
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.
Dalila works behind the scenes at the organization and provides support across all teams to ensure they have the resources to accomplish their work. She is focused on helping the organization codify policies and procedures as it grows in its mission.
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.
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.
Brittany is a member of the mapping and data analytics team. As a data fellow, she supports efforts to gather, interpret, and communicate data that assists the organization in its service to rural communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a member of the mapping and data analytics team, Drew develops data tools to help define and execute analytics for the organization.
Rose designs and implements programs and content to instigate rural tech startup creation and scale.
Anna is a member of the broadband team. As an analyst she works with other members of the broadband team to support projects that organize and plan for broadband deployment in rural areas.
Nathan is Head of Federal Grants 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.
As an analyst, Jane works with other broadband team members to develop plans for broadband deployment in rural communities. She is excited to see how strong internet infrastructure enhances the unique facets of rural life.