Andrew Crosson is the founding CEO of Invest Appalachia, where he is responsible for overall strategy and impact. He previously worked at Rural Support Partners, where he spent the past decade supporting collaborative community development efforts across Appalachia. 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 is a Center for Community Investment Field Catalyst and was a BALLE/Common Future Local Economy Fellow. He was born and raised on a family farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where he lives.