Jim King serves as the President of Fahe – a nationally recognized membership of 50+ community-based organizations serving Appalachia. For more than three decades, he has worked to advance opportunity for people and communities primarily in Appalachia. Mr. King has experience across all aspects of community development and finance and is recognized as a national leader in the field. He is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences and his advice is sought by policy makers and financial industry leaders. Mr. King has served on advisory boards alongside executive leadership at Truist Bank, First Citizens Bank, and Fannie Mae. He has served as board chair to Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the leading membership of Community Development Financial Institutions nationally. He has been a contributor to numerous books and publications including “Forces for Good,” “Wealth Creation,” and “Appalachia Revisited. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the National NeighborWorks Association Lifetime Achievement award, and the National Housing Conference Visionary Award. Under King’s leadership, Fahe pioneered a collaborative model, bringing scale and performance to nonprofits servicing rural and remote communities. These efforts have brought over $4.5 billion in impact, benefitting nearly 1 million people in one of the economically challenged regions of our country. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s three-year owner/president management (OPM) program. He holds an MBA degree from Eastern University and a BA from Bluffton University.
Rural America is far more diverse than how it is portrayed in media and popular culture. This article is the second in the Nonprofit Quarterly series Eradicating Rural Poverty: The Power of Cooperation. Coproduced by Partners for Rural Transformation,...