Director of Strategic Projects
Bethany serves as Director of Strategic Projects at Main Street America. Previously, she served as Executive Director of NewTown Loans, Middle Georgia’s first and only certified Community Development Financial Institution. Under her leadership at NewTown Loans, the loan portfolio and the racial diversity of the organization’s borrowers both increased threefold. Bethany has also helped established or expand a range of support services for local entrepreneurs and developers, including the Downtown Diversity Initiative and an award-winning Entrepreneurs’ Academy. Before her work in community and economic development, Bethany earned a PhD in Cultural Geography from Louisiana State University and her academic and professional pursuits centered around community documentary and preservation work. Her writing, documentaries, and public programs have been highlighted in contexts ranging from peer-reviewed academic publications to a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered.
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