Meet the UEDP Team

Mae Hollister

RARE Program Manager


Mae Hollister is a locally grown leader from Umpqua, Oregon with global rural community development experience. In 2000, she left Douglas County to pursue program operations work and has since obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Sustainable Business Administration from Marylhurst University. Mae has recently returned to the Umpqua Valley via the University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program and will be focusing on rural tourism economic development with the Partnership.

Kristi Smith

CTE Program Manager


An established authority on sustainable, healthy growth in organizations and Lean Enterprise implementation, Kristi Smith brings extensive experience in assisting leaders while building their businesses in the midst of massive change. Kristi is bringing this experience to facilitate a project that will positively impact the industry environment and K-12 students through collaboration with Economic Development and Educational Services District. The goal of this project is to develop a sustainable program for Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula offered at the high school level delivering training that translates directly to the work environment. Graduates from this program will be better skilled to enter living wage jobs directly from high school if that is their goal, or track to college-level work with a head start!