Trevor Flanery is a Partnership Manager for MDC Rural Forward. He joined MDC in 2022 and is responsible for supporting projects that build community-led capacity to plan and partner with local government toward long-term recovery and resilience including efforts with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), long-term disaster recovery, and environmental justice.
Before joining MDC, Trevor’s professional background included positions in development and resilience planning, field organizing, issue advocacy, election communications, policy research, and higher education roles. He was a founding member of Defenders of Wildlife’s State Environmental Resource Center collaboration with NRDC and served as executive director of Forsyth Futures.
He has taught at Virginia Tech and Radford University and published research on housing and regional resilience. He holds a doctorate in Urban & Environmental Planning & Design from Virginia Tech, an MS in Geography from Virginia Tech, and a BA in Geography from UNC Chapel Hill. Additionally, he has also completed the Charlottesville Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Leadership Winston-Salem’s (2019) flagship program, and served on Madison, Wisconsin’s Sustainable Design & Energy committee. Trevor lives in Winston-Salem.