Nicky Hamilton, M.P.S. is the Communication Techniques Advisor for ResilienceCon. She is also the Senior Associate Director of Civic Engagement at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Ms. Hamilton is best known for her community development work in rural Appalachia, Arkansas, and South Africa, and her professional efforts focus on becoming a grassroots change agent. She directs the University of the South’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, a collaboration with the South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) that brings 18 VISTA members to the Cumberland Plateau. She also directs the Capacity Building Initiative for the SCCF, which provides organizational support for local non-profits in the Franklin, Grundy, and Marion tri-county area, as well as working with Sewanee’s existing community engagement programs.Hamilton was the Director of Residential Life for the University of the South until 2010, when she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to attend the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, earning a Master of Public Service degree in 2012. Her work there included a collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in South Africa and the establishment of a new educational nonprofit in Arkansas, Life Long Learners, Inc. Ms. Hamilton was trained in Liberating Structures, a group of innovative communication facilitation techniques, at the Clinton School and facilitates a Liberating Structures workshop at the University of the South, in addition to her work with ResilienceCon. Hamilton also worked in fundraising as the Senior Development Officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She currently serves on the Governor’s Rural Task Force Community Development and Leadership Committee for the State of Tennessee. Hamilton graduated from the University of the South in 1999 as a Desmond Tutu Scholar with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sewanee, TN with her daughter.