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Mae Humiston

Mae Humiston, Director of Grants and Operations, she/her

Director of Grants and Operations


Hazard, KY

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 the founding Director of Redbud Financial Alternatives, managing the start-up and growth periods, which was the first rural Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the nation focused on fair consumer finance and credit improvement. Mae came to Kentucky through Community Farm Alliance where she helped institute remote community organizing systems and fostered the creation of Northfork Local Food, a local food system development organization in Eastern Kentucky. Mae was born and raised in a rural community in the mountains of Virginia. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Tufts University. Mae currently serves on the board of Human Economic Appalachian Development (HEAD) and as the volunteer wayfinding coordinator for Pathfinders of Perry County, an organization that focuses on helping people access the outdoors.

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