The head of a non-profit organization working to improve the economy in Appalachian Kentucky has accepted another job.
Justin Maxson, president of the Berea-based Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, will take over as executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C., in March, the foundation said in a news release.
Maxson had led MACED since 2002. The organization's programs include loans and other assistance to businesses; energy-efficiency projects; sustainable forest management; and policy research.
During Maxson's tenure, MACED grew from eight staffers to 32, and its assets under management increased from $6.8 million to more than $27 million, according to the release.
Maxson also served on the state climate action planning committee and the planning committee of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, an initiative aimed at improving the economy in Eastern Kentucky in the wake of deep coal-industry layoffs.
The Babcock Foundation makes grants in the Southeast, including Kentucky, aimed at helping move people and places out of poverty and achieving greater social and economic justice, according to its website.
Dee Davis, who heads the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg and chairs the Babcock board, pointed to Maxson's record in economic development, regional philanthropy and emerging technology.
"He has worked to develop assets in hard-hit Appalachian communities, and he has been part of successful non-profit efforts around the South," Davis said in a news release. "He's an exceptional leader, and we're glad to have him on the team."