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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. 

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. 


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.

Archived Newsletters

Innovative Rural Leadership: Kathryn Jenkins and Megan Reyes

REDI was probably the best program I've ever been in. -Kathryn Jenkins Nearly a decade after Kathryn Jenkins moved to Murphy, North Carolina, from Georgia, she began to think of how she could give back to her community, strengthen its economy, and build...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

What I've gained through REDI are connections. If I need something here in my rural community, I've got someone I can call on. -Randolph Keaton On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue, men and women face computer screens to fill out...

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Director of Leadership