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Justin Maxson

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, President

Berea, Kentucky

Justin has been engaged in social change work in Kentucky and across the country for over 15 years. He is currently President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), a 30-year old multi-strategy community economic development organization serving central Appalachia based in Berea, Kentucky. MACED creates economic alternatives that work for people and places. MACED employs three major strategies—enterprise development, research for policy reform and demonstration initiatives. Justin’s work is focused on exploring local economic development strategies that increase economic security for people in need and provide regional responses to climate change.

Previous to MACED, Justin was founding Executive Director of the Progressive Technology Project. He holds an MA in Anthropology from Boston University.

Selected Publications
Justin’s work at MACED was featured again in YES! Magazine, this time by Erin McCoy on February 4, 2013 in What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky?

Justin’s work at MACED was featured in YES! Magazine by Brooke Jarvis on November 28, 2012 in Three Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

Andrew Leonard of Grist featured Justin as one of the ‘Change Gang’ members on December 7, 2011.  Read the article Justin Maxson: An Appalachian trailblazer for sustainability

Updated February 2013.