I grew up in a small town on the Oregon coast where cows outnumber people. It was there that I first learned about the power of community and the strength of collaboration. I studied at University of Oregon, holding a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Currently, I lead the Rural Community Leadership Program for RDI in rural communities in Washington. More recently, I was the longtime two-square champion of my neighborhood…until a couple of plucky 5th graders practiced hard and unseated my title.