Carrie Pipinich came to MCEDD as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) Americorps participant in 2011, and has been on staff as a Project Manager since. Carrie serves as staff for the Wasco County Economic Development Commission and coordinator for the Gorge Cider Society in addition to working with communities and businesses throughout the region to support improved broadband access and utilization through the Columbia Gorge Broadband Consortium. Additional projects include support for the Hood River Economic Development Group and work with the broader fermentation industry. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with a focus on Political Science from Barnard College and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Carrie grew up in Seattle and loves exploring the Gorge and beyond in her free time.