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Andrew Crosson

Andrew Crosson, CEO

Chief Executive Officer


Asheville, NC

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 local food systems development, clean energy, impact investing, network development, non-profit management, and strategic planning. Andrew was born and raised on a family farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He has a BA in History and Political Science with Honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Sociology with a focus on Rural Development from the University of Granada, Spain. Andrew was a BALLE/Common Future Local Economy Fellow, a member of the inaugural Center for Community Investment’s Field Catalyst cohort, and a member of the FutureGood Rural Futurism cohort.

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