Ivy Brashear is a native of Viper, Ky., a fifth-generation Perry Countian, and a tenth-generation Appalachian. She currently works at the Appalachian Transition and Communications Associate at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Ky. Before joining MACED, she was chief blogger at The Rural Blog, which is a product of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. She has been a reporter at The Hazard Herald in Hazard, Ky., and at the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky. She’s also been a filmmaker for the Appalachian Media Institute, a staff assistant with the Kentucky RIVERKEEPER, and served on the Leadership Development and Youth Engagement Working Group Committee for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Appalachian Studies from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Masters degree in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky. Ivy is a board member for the New Economy Coalition, and a steering committee member of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. She is a member of the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project, the Young Climate Leaders Network, the Appalachian Food Summit and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.