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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.


Presenting Sponsor:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.98 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment, and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,400 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (, and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


Gold Sponsor:


Jordan Lumber is a family company that is 82 years young. Our company was founded in 1939 by RB Jordan, Jr. We now have 4th generation family members active in our companies. We have been named the third largest independent lumber producer in the Southeastern United States by Timber Mart South. We are FSC certified on all of our lands and at 4 forest products facilities. We practice complete sustainable forestry and have a timberlands base of over 70,000+ acres, most within a 50 mile radius. We have planted over 19 million trees over the past 20 years. We manufacture a very diverse product mix. Our products include high quality dimensional products, pallet parts, fencing parts and moulded products.


Scholarship Sponsors:

First National Bank

United Community Bank




Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Senior Director of Leadership & Engagement