Director of Organizational Consulting | Kathryn Coulter Rhodes

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Director of Organizational Consulting

Kathryn Coulter Rhodes serves as the Director of Organizational Consulting with Rural Support Partners. Currently, she works with Opportunity Appalachia as a Program Manager to support communities across five states prepare for community development real estate investment projects. Kathryn is also the lead data guru for all our business management consulting projects. She brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and community development.

Beginning with RSP in 2013 as a Rural Fellow, Kathryn managed the day-to-day operations of the Appalachia Funders Network. She then expanded her responsibilities and managed a national philanthropic engagement campaign. Kathryn now leads AFN’s measurement and evaluation. She has developed a niche in RSP for data and mapping impact of client efforts. Kathryn is an expert in conducting independent evaluations, designing and analyzing surveys, and mapping client information on ArcGIS.

Prior to joining RSP, Kathryn served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Appalachian coal country where she supported community development projects. She earned her Master’s in Geography from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Kathryn researched the political ecology of organic cotton in West Africa. Kathryn’s undergraduate degree is in International Studies and French from Hope College.

Kathryn serves as treasurer for Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County. She lives in Asheville with her husband, very energetic and active toddler, and two polar opposite dogs.

Kathryn’s expertise in project management for high-impact leaders, non-profit anchor organizations, foundations, social enterprises, and networks will help you deepen your impact and broaden your scale. Contact Kathryn via email.

Areas of Expertise

Measurement and Evaluation
Data Management, Analysis, and Display
Mapping & ArcGIS
Strategic Planning
Network Development
Project Management


Rural Support Partners Services

We are a nationally recognized management consulting firm with deep expertise in nonprofit management, social-enterprise development, networks, philanthropy, and rural community economic development. We work with high-impact leaders, non-profit anchor organizations, foundations, social enterprises, and networks that are working to bring about innovative forms of large-scale community and economic change in rural areas. Our services are based on a strong commitment to rural communities and result in increased organizational effectiveness, improved strategies, more collaborative efforts, and deeper impact.


We specialize in anchor organizations, grantmakers, and enterprises whose work advances complex community and economic change. Our services are built on decades of nonprofit and business management experience, employ the latest innovations from around the world, and remain grounded in what it takes to do effective change work in rural places. We ask powerful questions, listen deeply, and tailor our services to maximize organizational impact. The results of our management, planning, and strategy focused work includes increased organizational effectiveness, deeper community impact, and more resilient organizations. Core services include:

Organizational Assessment, Problem Solving, Consultation
Executive Transitions
Strategic Planning & Theory of Change
Program / Project / Initiative Development
Evaluation and Measurement Systems
Social Enterprise Business Planning and Theory of Change
Thought-Partnership and Coaching


We have over 25 years of hands-on experience in building, growing, and managing rural networks, collaborations, and teams. From organizational staff teams, to regional collective impact efforts, to national networks, we help our clients cultivate the necessary relationships and trust, clarify group norms and values, define their collective focus, develop plans, and build the right management structure to get collaborative work done. Core services include:

Network and Team Assessment, Problem Solving, Consultation
Team Building
Development of Partnerships and Collaborations
Strategic Planning and Theory of Change for Networks
Network Evaluation and Measurement Systems
Backbone Support / Network Management Training and Coaching
Thought-Partner for those who fund or support collaborations and networks


Our experienced facilitation team has decades of experience in event planning and design, group process, and participatory facilitation. With this experience, we help groups learn from one another, find opportunities, uncover solutions to sticky problems, and make collective decisions. Our events are engaging, productive, and produce deeper relationships, shared knowledge, and greater alignment among the participants. Core services include:

Design, Facilitation & Management of:

Think Tanks / Problem Solving Retreats
Conferences, Gatherings, Events
Group and Staff Retreats


We are driven to capture and spread the lessons, innovation, models, and tools that arise from rural development work. Though participatory research and evaluation methods, we help clients understand their impact, reflect-on their efforts, and incorporate lessons learned into their future work. We also work to unearth, document, and share the innovation and proven practices that arise across RSP’s body of work—making us smarter consultants and helping to advance the broader field rural development. Core services include:

Participatory Research
Tool and Model Capture and Development
Workshops and Training
White Papers
Thought Partnership
Knowledge Capture / Training / Field building (white papers, thought partnership)

Our work starts by listening deeply to the needs, problems, and desires of our clients and partners. We pinpoint the leverage points to improve effectiveness, increase resiliency, and deepen impact. We tailor a suite of services to advance your project.