Gary Funk, Philadelphia, PA, Volunteer Strategic Advisor, Founding Board Member 2014-21, Chair Emeritus

Strategic Advisor, Rural Schools Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA

April 4, 2015 |

Gary Funk is Strategic Advisor for the Rural Schools Collaborative, after having served as the organization's Director from 2016-2021. He was a founding board member, part of a group that came together in 2014 to plan and launch the organization.

Funk works with RSC staff on national partnerships and assists with several grant projects.

Funk began his career as a fifth grade teacher in rural Missouri, and he remained in public and higher education for nearly two decades. He went on to serve as President & CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks before retiring to a small farm in Wisconsin, where he eventually became involved in the founding of the RSC.

Gary and his partner, Jana, now reside in Philadelphia's East Passyunk Square neighborhood. Their two children, Megan and Thomas, reside in Philadelphia and Cardiff, Wales, respectively.

The Funks believe the future well being of rural places will depend on healthy land, clean water, and sustainable practices. Policies and actions that specifically address climate change will benefit rural communities and their schools.

You can learn more about Gary's beliefs on the relationship between school and community in Hither and Yon, The Value of Rural Place.

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