Glenn Cox has been appointed the Executive Director of HandMade In America by the board of directors. The appointment is effective Thursday, December 5.
Glenn has more than 20 years of professional community and economic development experience in Memphis, Tennessee and rural West Tennessee. Since July 2009, he has served as vice-president of the – Tennessee, a non-profit focusing on economic development in the six rural counties in Tennessee along the Mississippi River. Prior to that he served as the president and Executive Director of the Memphis Community Development Partnership (MCDP). During his leadership at MCDP Mr. Cox managed more than $4 million in grants for operating support and technical assistance to Memphis area non-profit community development corporations (CDCs).
He has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. He is an avid road cyclist, hiker, and paddler. He has been married to his wife Zee for almost 25 years, and their son Matthew is a senior at the University of Wyoming.
While not a western North Carolina native his mother grew-up in Swannanoa and her family roots trace back to the late 1700’s and the earliest settlers of the Swannanoa Valley. His great-uncle Hardy Davidson was an early member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead HandMade in America,” Cox said. “HandMade is the perfect blend of my professional passion for community and economic development with my personal love of craft art and deep respect for artists and artisans.” -