RCAP Staff

Board Members

Rick Martinez

Government Affairs Consultant

Anish Jantrania

Texas A&M University

Hope Cupit (Treasurer)

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Program

Ines Polonius

Communities Unlimited

Karen Koller

RCAP Solutions

Michael Brownfield

Midwest Assistance Program

Michael Taylor

Louisiana Land Trust

Niel Ritchie

League of Rural Voters

Ruthann House

Great Lakes RCAP

Stan Keasling (President)

Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Keith Ashby (Vice-President)

Maine Fulbright Association

Billy Hix

Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)

Our regions


Who We Work With

RCAP is part of a much larger group of many entities that are concerned about and work on challenges facing rural America. These include government agencies at the federal, state, regional and local levels that provide funding and operate a wide range of programs from housing to job creation. This group also includes many private organizations and associations that address an array of issues as well. Even considering RCAP’s main focus – water and wastewater systems in small, rural communities – there are many similar organizations working in the same area. And because RCAP’s regional partners have other extensive programs that complement the water and wastewater work that is RCAP’s national programs, their partners on the regional, state and local level are broader than this sector.

In short, the list of RCAP’s funders and collaborators is long and diverse. The RCAP network is in turn part of a larger network of agencies, organizations and associations that it collaborates with, from receiving funding in order to carry out objectives and programs to cooperating with in order to meet the needs of rural communities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans. Among its programs are helping rural communities build or extend utilities, including water, electricity and telecommunications services.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water 

The Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), together with states, tribes, and its many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water. OGWDW, along with EPA’s ten regional drinking water programs, oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which is the national law safeguarding tap water in America.

Office of Community Services of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Office of Community Services is to work in partnership with states, communities, and other agencies to provide a range of human and economic development services and activities which ameliorate the causes and characteristics of poverty and otherwise assist persons in need. The aim of these services and activities is to increase the capacity of individuals and families to become self-sufficient, to revitalize communities, and to build the stability and capacity of children, youth, and families so that they become able to create their own opportunities.