HARDWICK — The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative announced that they have hired Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as the new Director of the organization.
The NEK Collaborative brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom.
As the new director, Sims will work with stakeholders to build regional partnerships to support economic development in communities across the Kingdom.
“The NEK Collaborative is the key convener for the region, mobilizing partners to align, innovate, and act in ways that address current and long-term challenges in the Northeast Kingdom,” Sims said recently. “Working together we have an incredible opportunity to increase the quality of life and enhance the economic vitality of Northeast Kingdom communities. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this effort, which serves a mission that is so close to my heart.”
Prior to her work at the Collaborative, Sims was the Founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School, a nonprofit working to improve childhood nutrition and support Vermont farms by connecting schools and farms through food and education.
She has also worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits helping to build their organizations through fundraising plans, leadership development, and succession planning.
Sims was selected as a “Rising Star” by Vermont Business Magazine in 2014 and Yankee Farm Credit’s “100 Fresh Perspectives” in 2016. A graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s in history, she serves on the board of several local and statewide nonprofits and lives in Craftsbury, with her husband and son.