Adirondack North Country not-for-profit director to retire

April, 2021

A not-for-profit leader on rural economic development in the North Country is retiring.

Kate Fish led the Adirondack North Country Association for a dozen years. Under Fish’s leadership, ANCA expanded its clean energy and sustainable agriculture projects across the region, and built a program to help retiring business people transition to the next generation of ownership. ANCA is launching a revolving loan fund for small farms later this year. It also houses the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, which focuses on racial issues and making the Adirondacks more welcoming to people of color.

In a press release, ANCA board president Jim Sonneborn said Fish “has helped ANCA become a real leader in sustainable economic development.”

“This is a great time for ANCA to attract an excellent new leader. I have accomplished what I set out to do over the past 12 years — building a skilled staff and board, establishing a strong clean energy program, securing new revenue sources, and accelerating our entrepreneur and small business programs,” said Fish in the press release.

Fish will retire later this year to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. ANCA has launched a national search for a new executive director.

ANCA was founded in 1955 to foster sustainable economic development in the 14-county North Country region, focusing on clean energy, food and farms, and entrepreneurship.


Listen to the story on North Country Public Radio.