The board and staff of the Babcock Foundation are pleased to introduce our newest network officer, Ethan Hamblin, who will manage the Foundation’s relationships and grant portfolios in Louisiana and Appalachia. Hamblin came to MRBF from Berea College, where he served as program associate for strategic initiatives. Prior to his time at Berea, Hamblin worked for the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, first as an affiliate coordinator for the AmeriCorps VISTA program, then as regional philanthropy coordinator. Hamblin also worked as an administrative assistant at the Brushy Fork Institute.
“My upbringing in the mountains of eastern Kentucky instilled in me the values of uplifting love over hate and seeking justice over oppression,” Hamblin said. “With those values, I have eagerly sought to support diverse, resilient communities that aim to build systems of equity and opportunity. I am honored to continue my service by joining the Babcock Foundation's team.”
Hamblin received his Master of Arts in Rural Sustainability from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Appalachian Studies from Berea College. A proud native of Gays Creek, Kentucky, he enjoys good food, singing on the porch and spending time with his family in Perry County.