Marty Newell, Chief Operating Officer
Center for Rural Strategies
Rural Strategies helps communities and nonprofit organizations incorporate media and communications into their work in support of strategic goals. The organization also designs and implements information campaigns that educate the public about the problems and opportunities that exist in contemporary rural communities. They are the publishers of the Daily Yonder, an online multi-media source of news, commentary, research, and features.
At age 17, Marty was a founding member of Appalshop (Whitesburg), where he served in a variety of key management and production positions for 17 years. He has served as an executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council, general manager of Austin (Texas) Community Television, and development director for the Connecticut Food Bank. Marty served as a regional staff member for the Rural School & Community Trust, a national network that promotes place-based education and strengthening bonds between schools and their communities. As a private consultant, he worked as part of evaluation and research projects in community development, civil societies, and organizational behavior for agencies such as the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Appalachian Regional Commission, and W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Marty received his bachelor’s degree in film and Appalachian studies from the Union Institute.