Justin Maxson

Executive Director
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Justin Maxson manages the overall operations of the Foundation, leads staff in developing strategy and initiatives to accomplish its mission and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Before joining MRBF, Justin served for 13 years as President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), a multi-strategy community economic development organization based in Berea, Kentucky. There, he managed strategy development, fundraising and programs, including small enterprise lending and technical assistance solutions, energy efficiency support strategies and targeted research and policy efforts. Prior to his work at MACED, he was founding Executive Director of the Progressive Technology Project. 

Justin has also been a yearlong fellow at the Sustainability Institute and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. He served at the Kentucky Governor’s request on the Kentucky Climate Action Planning Committee and the planning committee for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a regional development planning process. He has a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, both in Anthropology.