Andrew has been at Rural Support Partners since June of 2012. A native of Appalachia, his path to sustainable economic development work began in a small farming community in the mountains of rural Western North Carolina. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science with Honors, a minor in Environmental Studies, and was a founding member of campus groups devoted to local food systems and community gardens. His occupations over the years have included carpentry, fence-building, saw-milling, and working at his family’s local food retail business in Fairview, NC.
Andrew’s international experience includes a semester of study abroad in Spain, a summer of independent field research in South America, two years teaching English in Spain, and travel in 25 countries and 5 continents. He completed a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Granada in Spain, where his thesis research focused on the role of agriculture in rural development and sustainability. As Director of Regional Initiatives at RSP, Andrew works with leaders, organizations, and networks to support regional strategies that advance Appalachia’s transition towards a just and sustainable economy for all. Andrew is also one of the 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellows.