Erica Hiller

Project Manager, Climate, Agriculture, Energy, Economy.

Erica joined Vital Communities in July of 2022 as a Project Manager focused on Climate, Agriculture, Energy, and the Local Economy. Erica has a background in international development, gender equity, food security, and health access and health system strengthening. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Erica lived in Portland, OR where she served on a…

Alana Redden

Project Manager, Climate, Agriculture, Energy, Economy.

Alana joined Vital Communities in July of 2022 as a Project Manager focused on Climate, Agriculture, Energy, and the Local Economy. She has worked with a number of place-based organizations across Vermont that ranged in focus from agriculture and economic development to gender equity and postsecondary education and training. She recently completed a graduate program…

White River Valley Consortium Working Communities Challenge Project Manager

Sarah joined Vital Communities in 2022 to support the White River Valley Consortium, 11+ towns working to collaboratively address community challenges, beginning with a 3-year project on affordable housing. She previously worked with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and is involved in grassroots community development work including the 4-Town Coalition and White River Land…

Vital Economy Staff, The Local Crowd Coordinator

Jen joined the Vital Communities team in 2021, after successfully leveraging The Local Crowd crowdfunding project in the Monadnock Region, NH.  She’s working to build up our project to bring the power of crowdfunding to the Upper Valley and is also working on our Local First local business network. Jen started The Local Crowd Monadnock…

Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Director, Food & Farm and Economy

Nancy joined Vital Communities in 2014. She works with farms, businesses, and communities to build a thriving regional economy that is regenerative, self-reliant, and that serves all. She has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for  more than 30 years, most recently running Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm. A perfect day includes…