Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2019

  • Kelly Prime, Ex-Officio
  • Diana Sierra, Chair
  • Julia McDowell, Vice Chair
  • Andrew Crosson, Treasurer
  • Tracey Wold, Secretary
  • Samantha Simpson
  • Elaine Long
  • Gerry Leonard
  • Michael Smith
  • Pat Horrocks


Vicki Meath, Executive Director

Vicki comes to Just Economics with a background in community organizing. She has worked on environmental, social and economic justice issues ranging from responsible oil and gas drilling to protecting health and human services in the Ohio state budget. In 2006 Vicki worked with Let Justice Roll and Cleveland Jobs with Justice on the successful campaign to raise the state minimum wage and continued to work with Jobs with Justice on the Cuyahoga County Living Wage Campaign and other worker justice issues. Vicki has a strong commitment to and passion for economic justice work. Vicki has a teenage daughter and has lived in the Asheville area since 2007. Vicki has been involved in a variety of community activities and lives in West Asheville.

Carmen Ybarra, Community Organizer


Milo Norlin, Interim Living Wage Program Coordinator

Milo has been involved with Just Economics since September of 2018, after leaving the University of Rochester for a gap year. He draws his passion for social and economic justice from an obsessive interest in politics and a variety of experience working low wage jobs and collecting student loans. In addition to his work with Just Economics, Milo works as a legal assistant for a family law firm. Milo has lived in Asheville since before he could walk and graduated from Asheville High.

Emma Hutchens, Living Wage Program Coordinator


Emma has been a community organizer in Asheville, NC for over ten years. Her background is in organizing with youth in local food systems, community radio, event and tour management and small business support.  She has worked with many local organizations including Mountain BizWorks, Asheville FM and the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.  She co-founded and produces a two day music and arts festival called RADfest.  Emma graduated with a self-designed degree from UNC Asheville in Social Change, Environmental Policy and Community Health. She is dedicated to organizing for social justice and racial equity across all of her projects and tries (with relative success) to maintain a sense of humor.

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