Equity Committee

The Equity Committee is working towards social change efforts across the region that will advance a growing equity agenda and produces more equitable outcomes for marginalized communities across Appalachia. These marginalized communities consist particularly but not exclusively of low-income people, women and people of color. Social change efforts better understand the challenges that marginalized people face to help them develop solutions that produce fairer outcomes. Understanding these unique situations and their solutions will create more shared understanding across differences in the region.



  1. Develop an equity learning agenda that fosters a common understanding of systemic inequity in Central Appalachia.
  2. Develop an equity framework to clearly communicate the Network’s equity agenda.
  3. Share and/or create the tools and resources that Network members need to facilitate action-oriented conversations with their diverse partners.
  4. Facilitate members’ access to and application of tools they can use to develop an equity framework for AFN.
  5. Educate national funders about what equity looks like in Central Appalachia. 


Members of the Equity Committee 

Christine Laporte, Sacharuna Foundation 
Donna Gambrell, Appalachian Community Capital 
Eric DeWald, HealthPath Foundation
Ethan Hamblin, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Gerry Roll, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky 
Janelle Choi, Marguerite Casey Foundation 
Joe Woody, USDA Rural Development TN 
Katie Sonnen-Lee, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation  
Lora Smith, Appalachian Impact Fund 
Margo Miller, Appalachian Community Fund 
Michelle Foster, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation 
Mikki Sager, The Conservation Fund
Monique Anthony, Tennessee Department of Health 
Rudi Navarro, The Solutions Project
Shei Sanchez, Sisters Health Foundation 
Walter Davis, Appalachian Community Fund 

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