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Leadership Alumni Network

Alumni of the Rural Economic Development Institute and Homegrown Leaders are leaders in their respective fields and take a commitment to rural North Carolina seriously. Standing on the shoulders of those who have come before them, REDI and Homegrown Leaders alumni are working hard in their home communities and creating pathways to prosperity. The Alumni network provides a space for graduates of our programs to stay connected and continue the conversation of innovative leadership. 

Leadership Alumni COVID-19 Check-in

Here are examples of businesses and communities responding innovatively and rapidly to the COVID-19 crisis:

Alumni Database

As a promoter of leadership that is inclusive, connected, informed, and creative, the Rural Center nurtures the state’s next generation of rural leaders. Below you will find an interactive map of our alumni from the Rural Center’s leadership programs. We are proud to have representation from all 100 counties through Homegrown Leaders and our Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI). Click on the interactive map to view names, counties, and class years of all 1300 leadership alumni. (To view this map from a mobile device, click here.)


Alumni Network Newsletter

The leadership team is excited to have launched our quarterly leadership alumni newsletter! We realize everyone is very busy and inundated with information these days, but we want to make sure you know about the exciting news happening with leadership and other relevant opportunities at the Rural Center. We created this quarterly alumni newsletter to keep you informed about our leadership development and community engagement programs, alumni events, alumni successes, and other important news and events.
Innovative Leadership Profiles

Innovative Leadership Profiles

For 30 years, leadership development has been at the core of the Rural Center’s mission. We know that thriving rural communities need leadership that is inclusive, connected, informed, and creative. We know leaders are not born fully formed. They are nurtured. They...

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Director of Leadership