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Emily Edmonds

Nallah Muhammad

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Nallah Muhammad, who is from Asheville NC, is a senior Environmental Studies student at North Carolina A&T University. She is also the president of the Earth and Environmental Science Club, holds a seat on the student advisory council, and is…

Andy Miller

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Policy Manager Andy Miller is an experienced policy & advocacy specialist, skilled in political communication, community building, grassroots organizing, event management, and political and campaign management and fundraising. He’s the former campaign manager for Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the…

Rhyne Cureton

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Agricultural Educator Rhyne Cureton also known as “Pork” Rhyne is known across the country and even overseas as an international swine educator; educating experienced as well as new and beginning farmers on small-scale pork production. He has been invited to…

Millie Smith

Research & Engagement Specialist Millie Smith holds a BA from Virginia Tech in the interdisciplinary major Humanities, Science, and Environment, with minors in Civic Agriculture & Food Systems and Public & Urban Affairs. She has worked over five years in…

Hallee Haygood

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Research Coordinator Hallee Haygood is a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, working towards a dual degree in Public Administration and City & Regional Planning. In her time at UNC, she has served as a Research Assistant focused on local government…

Chanel A. Nestor

Policy & Outreach Manager Chanel A. Nestor is currently the Lecturer in Rural Sociology at NC A&T State University and is the founder of NC Always, a creative community engagement and event development consulting entity.  Chanel has experience in Homeownership…

Ryne Jones, MPA

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Community Development Research Manager Ryne Jones is a native of the farming community of McGee’s Crossroads, NC, but decided to make Raleigh his home after attending NC State University.  He graduated magna cum laude with degrees in biological sciences and…

Josh Meduri

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Principal Consultant Josh is based in Asheville and is a serial entrepreneur with a community focus. His biggest strength lies in his ability to see how individual pieces fit into the big picture and in communicating that in a relatable,…

Emily Edmonds, MPA

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Founder and Director Emily Edmonds, MPA, is a government and nonprofit professional with over 20 years of experience in US local & regional government. She started her career as a town clerk to a village of 189 people and most…