Former Whitesburg resident Justin Maxson, president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, has accepted the position of executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He will begin work in his new role in March.
Under Maxson’s tenure which began in 2002, the MACED staff increased from eight staffers to 32 and assets under management grew from $6.8 million to more than $27 million. The program MACED supports are loans to businesses; energy-efficiency projects; sustainable forest management; and policy research.
Maxson was a member of the planning committee of Shaping Our Appalachian
Region (SOAR), which seeks to improve economy in eastern Kentucky after layoffs by coal mines. While living in Letcher County he was the director of the Letcher County Action Team.
Dee Davis, who directs Whitesburg’s the Center for Rural Strategies is chairman of the Babcock board of directors, said, Maxson “has worked to develop assets in hard-hit Appalachian communities, and he has been part of successful non-profit efforts around the South. He’s an exceptional leader, and we’re glad to have him on the team.”
The Babcock Foundation gives grants in Kentucky and other Southeast states to help people and places out of poverty to and reach social and economic justice.