Linsley Matteson Kinkade has dedicated her 22-year long career to supporting Arkansas communities, first serving as a staffer to an Arkansas U.S. representative and an Arkansas U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill. For the past 16 years she has worked in Winrock International’s U.S. Programs, most recently leading the team as Senior Director.

At Winrock, Linsley led a talented team that supported asset-based community development in the rural mid-South through projects that improve quality of life and engender a sense of place. She worked on fostering entrepreneurship and small business development programming that supported proof-of-concept, Main Street and high-tech businesses to increase economic growth.

Raised in rural southwest Arkansas, her passion for our State, its rural communities and its residents is deeply engrained. She has worked with more than 85 communities across the mid-South, and has launched entrepreneurship, economic and workforce development programs that serve diverse stakeholders. She serves on the Community Development Institute’s Central Advisory Board and is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer. Linsley, her husband, David, proudly call Little Rock home.