Grace Whatley is a Development Associate at Strong Towns, focusing on grants and major donors. Growing up in small-town New England, she is a proponent of strong rural communities and the wilderness around them. Prior to joining the Strong Towns team, Grace lived and worked in the remote community of Green River, Utah, where she facilitated an artist residency, managed small-scale downtown revitalization projects, and secured grant funding from private and public sources. She is also an artist herself, working in various printmaking, drawing, and painting mediums. Grace is now relocating from Utah to East Texas with her cat, Winnie, and is eager to explore a new region through the Strong Towns lens.