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Alexa Hinrichs

Alexa Hinrichs, Rural Support Partners fellow, manager of the new school of participatory change

Fellow, Manager of The New School of Participatory Change

Alexa Hinrichs (she/her) serves as Rural Support Partners’ Fellow for the New School of Participatory Change. Alexa oversees the daily management of the New School and provides general assistance for other RSP projects.

Alexa holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of William & Mary and a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Charlotte. During her graduate studies, she completed an internship with RSP focusing on work with the Central Appalachian Network. This work led to her capstone paper titled “Expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Acceptance at Farmers Markets in Central Appalachia as a Means of Economic Development.”

Prior to joining RSP, Alexa worked in the mental health field. She spent 4 years working in residential treatment and 3 years managing the administrative operations of a clinical psychology office. She discovered her interest in nonprofit and social enterprise leadership and management after noticing and experiencing the struggles that these organizations often face. She hopes to draw from her clinical and administrative experience to help individuals and organizations function at their full potential and make a greater impact on those they serve. 

 
Alexa grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, but has called Appalachia home since moving to Asheville in 2016. A lifelong dancer and musician, she is actively involved in the local dance, music, and aerial arts communities. She is also an avid traveller and loves to experience and learn about different histories and communities. If she’s not dancing or travelling, then she can usually be found crafting and enjoying a fantasy or sci-fi movie with her cat.
Education

Masters of Social Work, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 2022
B.A. Psychology, College of William & Mary, 2016


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