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Management Team

Invest Appalachia maintains a collaborative organizational model, pairing a lean staffing structure with the existing individual and organizational capacities of the region. IA staff are residents and natives of Central Appalachia, the children of farmers, carpenters, and small business owners. They have the lived experience of growing up and building community in rural Appalachia, and each intentionally chose to return to their home region to focus their careers on helping Appalachia achieve its potential for a brighter future.


Hazard, KY

Director of Community Impact

Baylen Campbell (he/him/his) is Invest Appalachia’s Director of Community Impact. Originally from and based in Hazard, Kentucky Baylen brings experience working as an economic development and social impact practitioner. In partnership with the Community Advisory Council Baylen leads IA’s Catalytic Capital development, deployment, and community accountability. Additionally, he manages


Hazard, KY

Director of Grants and Operations

Mae Humiston comes to IA with extensive experience in organizational development, data management, strategic planning, and grants management in Appalachia. Previously, Mae ran the Nonprofit Support Services program at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, providing practitioners in Eastern Kentucky with critical strategic planning and grant writing capacity. She was


Asheville, NC

Chief Executive Officer

As Invest Appalachia’s founding CEO, Andrew (he/him/his) is responsible for overall strategy and impact. Andrew has been integral to the planning and design of IA since its inception. Previously, Andrew worked for 9 years with Rural Support Partners to advance community economic development in Appalachia, leading major initiatives related to

Contractors and Consultants

Organizational Communications Strategy and Management – Emma Pepper (Peppermill Strategies), WV

Clean Energy Pipeline Coordinator – Autumn Long (Appalachian Solar Finance Fund), WV

Research Fellow, Climate Adaptation – Nicholas Shanahan (NC Institute of Climate Studies), NC

“Investment Framer Training” Lead Instructor – Paul Wright (Wright Venture Services), KY

Finance and Administrative Management – Kathy Graham and Ashley Cloutier (KG Bookkeeping), NC

Strategy, Facilitation, and Logistical Support – Rural Support Partners, NC

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