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.

Amy Cantrell, Community Organizer

Amy works to involve and engage different populations in the work of building a more just and sustainable local economy, focusing attention on low-wage workers and people living in poverty.  Amy began work with Just Economics in the Fall of 2012.  She is also the co-founder of Be Loved Community, providing support, services, and community within the homeless and formerly homeless population.  Amy adopted twin baby girls in 2014.

Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Living Wage Program Coordinator

Carmen began her work with Just Economics in the Spring of 2016. She comes to the work with background as a consultant to a local non-profit that focused on equal rights, political campaign management and as a former co-owner of a mid-size business. Among the many hats Carmen wears, as a volunteer, is president of the Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP. Her activist work supports the community, and issue-based groups and organizations. She believes that it’s important to recognize that issues don’t exist in a vacuum – the struggles for racial, gender, economic, environmental and social justice intersect – who’s left out when we don’t acknowledge that intersectionality. Carmen is married to the love of her life, has two amazing adult daughters AND her “Asheville daughter” that came into their lives in 2008.

Just Economics is in the process of hiring a Full Time Community Organizer.  




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