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Kelly Ryan Lucas

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Kelly Ryan Lucas

Incourage Community Foundation

Kelly Ryan Lucas is the CEO of Incourage Community Foundation. Incourage is not your ordinary community foundation. That’s because the community is not ordinary. Incourage, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, earned a 2008 Council on Foundation’s Critical Impact Award for an integrated, grassroots approach to community economic development.

As a multi-year Knight Community Information Challenge recipient, Incourage now partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology to identify the key role information plays in systems change and community development. Incourage is increasing access to relevant and credible information while offering opportunities for individuals to develop their skills to become active information consumers and producers.

She is the lead organizer of a rural initiative that is closing the work skills gap by aligning resources, strategies, capacity, policy and coordination across a regional workforce system. Incourage’s workforce initiative is one of the first rural sites in the U.S. selected to participate in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Ryan Lucas was named to The NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 in 2011, for increasing access and opportunity through her leadership in rural community development philanthropy.

Since 1996, she has helped transform the community foundation field, serving on several steering committees and boards, including: Council on Foundations’ Community Leadership Team, Community Foundation Division of the Wisconsin Donors Forum, National Task Force on Community Leadership through CFLeads and Knight Foundation National Advisory Committee on Information Needs of Communities.