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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.


Jessica Bassett

Communications Director

Jessica joins RISI with more than a decade of strategic communications experience crafting and implementing campaigns for nonprofit, labor, political, and corporate clients. Most recently, Jessica has worked as an active consultant and served as the communications director for a small global AIDS treatment advocacy nonprofit. Prior to those roles, she was Vice President in SKDKnickerbocker’s Albany, NY office and served in intergovernmental affairs and communications offices for two New York Governors and the New York State Comptroller.

Jessica grew up in New York’s North Country and has a B.A. from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.


Chen Chen

Data Analyst

Chen Chen has years of experience working on data and has led multiple projects to fight against the emerging climate and air pollution issues globally. His expertise includes data management, data analysis and data visualization. He also has extensive experience working with the geospatial data and also the web map development.

Prior to joining the CORI, he worked at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), an environmental think tank in Washington, DC, focusing on estimating the ship emission and its related impacts to both climate and human health.

Chen Chen hold a B.S. degree with honor in Marine Science and Chemistry from University of Miami, and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Emory University.

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Administrative Coordinator

In addition to working on various local and statewide campaigns, Nora spent three years working as a junior planner at an environmental planning and consulting firm in Portland, OR. Prior to her time there, she worked in the communications department at a political action committee in Washington, DC, and served one year as a City Year Boston Corps Member.

Nora grew up in Hartland, VT, and studied Political Science at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

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Rebecca Huenink

Director of Capacity Building

Rebecca comes to CORI from a successful career as a a strategy and development consultant for institutions, researchers, and communities across the country. She has a deep background in program design and grantseeking, including many years of experience teaching grantseekers how to approach and manage the funding process—from idea to impact. Before she was a consultant, Rebecca was a nonprofit manager, working on the ground with rural community development organizations.
Rebecca holds a BA from Brown University. She grew up on a small farm in southern West Virginia, and she now lives in a small village in southern Vermont.

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Vin Fusca

Operations Director

A retired Marine 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 the internationally recognized Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare at Dartmouth Medical School.

Following this work, Vin served as Chief of Staff of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, a critical access hospital and healthcare system, with duties that included 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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Ann Lichter

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Ann has led multiple efforts to design, implement, and scale new programs at the national level. As an executive at the U.S. Department of Labor, Ann piloted new approaches to promote labor law compliance, including expanding the use of data to drive strategic and operational decision-making. Ann has established communities of practice and helped distributed teams to develop and implement new ideas and drive continuous learning. She has broad experience managing partnerships, communications, and intergovernmental relations.

Ann began her career at the U.S. Department of Labor working with rural community leaders from around the country on workforce development issues. As an attorney at Hogan Lovells, she advised clients on managing their federal research grants and contracts.

Ann grew up in Elkins, West Virginia. She is a Truman Scholar and has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

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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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David Mora

Web Developer and Data Visualization Engineer

David Mora comes to CORI from the startup scene in Silicon Valley, where he lead projects as a full stack developer. He brings experience from across a diverse set of technologies, from database to mobile to front-end design frameworks.

David received his BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, with a focus in data visualization.

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Chris Rowe

Geospatial Analyst and CARTO Manager

Chris has worked as a product owner, project manager, and digital strategist for over ten years with a focus on building web-based tools. In that time he has worked with a wide range of organizations from small non-profits to fortune 50 companies on distributed teams spanning six continents. Collecting, analyzing and using data has been a part of his process from the beginning, including GIS mapping, IoT data logging, server monitoring, and web analytics. Chris is a certified Scrum Product Owner with experience managing agile teams, process improvement, and continuous integration.

Chris has a BA from Hampshire College and a M.Ed. Educational Technology from University of Texas at Brownsville with a year at University of Bergen (UiB) in System Dynamic.

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Logan Schuelke

Community Development Manager

Logan is on secondment to CORI from McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey Logan advised clients on a range of topcs, especially public finance and the impact of digital disruptions in manufacturing, infrastructure, and the extractive industries.

Logan grew up in Butte, Montana and has a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in Mechanical Engineering

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Pat Sullivan

Head of Strategic Operations

Pat Sullivan is currently on secondment to CORI from McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy. At McKinsey Pat advised a broad set of government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits on strategic and operational issues, with a particular focus on topics related to economic development and public finance.

Pat grew up moving between rural and urban areas across the country and is deeply passionate about promoting inclusive economic growth.

Pat holds a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University.

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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.