Sara Day Evans
Founding Director , Accelerating Appalachia
- Rural Development
- Small Business Development
Sara Day is an award-winning, innovative program developer, social entrepreneur, and pollinator who for over 20 years has delivered outstanding results through strong leadership, creativity, and collaboration. Her inspiration in launching Accelerating Appalachia was borne out of a variety of circumstances: a natural evolution of her ongoing commitment to people, place and prosperity in Appalachia; conversations with leaders in the dynamic field of social enterprise; her own connection to place as a 6th generation Kentuckian; her service to distressed communities in Appalachia to help rebuild the loss of their furniture, textile, and farming economies while with the NC Department of Commerce; her impactful work with Kentucky’s Environmental Protection Cabinet; and the deep influence of her longtime friend, Wendell Berry, father of sustainable agriculture, and her parents and children.