The Rural Action Roundtable on Equity (RARE) serves as Aspen CSG’s equity partner, providing strategic direction, setting priorities, building relationships, and ensuring critical analysis to guide Aspen CSG’s work.
RARE is composed of leading rural practitioners and thought leaders. Their leadership has been instrumental in guiding and grounding the ongoing development and implementation of the Thrive Rural Framework.
Together, Aspen CSG and RARE focus on building and connecting the field of equitable rural development and content using a race, place, and class equity lens to ground and proof our analysis, content, and strategies.
Brandy Bynum Dawson
Senior Program Director for Rural Prosperity and Investment, MDC
Executive Director, Four Bands Community Fund
Executive Director, WV Community Development Hub
Director of Business Incubator, Change Labs
CEO, Communities Unlimited, Inc.
President, Black Belt Community Foundation
Executive Director, Vibrant Hawaiʻi
Director of Policy, Impact and Innovation, cdcb | come dream. come build.
Ernestor De La Rosa
Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, Topeka, Kansas
Executive Director, Wallowa Resources
Program Director, Workforce Development, Rural LISC