Andrew Crosson

Director of Regional Initiatives, Rural Support Partners

Asheville, NC

Accelerate Collaboration, Regenerate Soil & Nature  |  Community Economic Development, Funding / Investment, Rural Community Development

Andrew is helping to weave collective impact networks across Appalachia to strengthen and support local community anchors and move sustainable economic development efforts to scale.

Since starting at Rural Support Partners (RSP) in June of 2012, Andrew’s responsibilities have included network management, fundraising, facilitation of community meetings, conferences, and retreats, research and writing, and producing capacity-building workshops and tools. Andrew coordinates the Central Appalachian Network (CAN), a network of non-profits pursuing sustainable economic development strategies to transform Appalachia’s economy. He also helps to coordinate the Appalachia Funders Network and the Just Transition Fund, in addition to supporting projects around organizational strategic planning, social enterprise development, and more. Prior to his work at RSP, Andrew taught English in Spain, worked on a farm, and worked in his family’s local food grocery retail business. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Lord’s Acre (a community garden that feeds the hungry) and is a volunteer ESOL tutor with the Buncombe County Literacy Council. He received bachelor’s degrees in political science and history – with a minor in environmental studies – from UNC-Chapel Hill, and holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Granada, Spain, with a concentration in rural development. Andrew was born in Fairview, NC, and currently resides in Asheville, NC.


  • Rural Support Partners helps make stronger non-profit organizations, more strategic networks, and smarter foundations.
  • Driving the creation of multiple forms of community wealth built through sector-focused value chains.
  • Creating a shared vision, language, and agenda for Appalachia’s economic transition.
  • Supporting innovative economic models that work for communities, including social enterprises and value chains.
  • Aligning and coordinating resources across the region, from federal to philanthropic.