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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. 

Alumni Events

Beginning this summer the NC Rural Center’s leadership and engagement team is hitting the road to connect with REDI and Homegrown Leaders alumni across the state. This series will feature valuable content, innovative projects, and alumni networking opportunities. We have an exciting array of programming, partner organizations, and locations that we’ll be announcing over the next couple of weeks, so please stay tuned!
Our first stop in the series, ‘Fostering Latinx Engagement Through Community Partnerships’, will take place at East Carolina University on July 30. This session is in partnership with Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, executive director of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN), and will focus on the challenges, resources and best practices in Latinx engagement. Please click here to register.


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.
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...

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

This is part five of a five-part series focused on innovative rural leadership in North Carolina. To read the other profiles in this series, go here. “I always thought what I thought was right and that everybody thought the same way as me. I’ve learned we can get to...

Want to learn more?

Contact Bronwyn Lucas,
Director of Leadership