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Jurisdiction: Rutherfordton

University: UNC-Greensboro

Hometown: Brevard, NC

Magnolia Long conducted a housing needs assessment to help create affordable housing opportunities for the local workforce. Long is now working with a nonprofit to develop a 15-acre parcel of land for workforce housing options. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where her honors thesis studied the relationship between political efficacy and immunization coverage.

On what she’s proud of: I am so proud of overcoming all of the obstacles and adversities in my life. I’ve battled a genetic disease and actually had a transplant two years ago while I was still in school full-time. Throughout these challenges, I have learned to be resilient and I found my passion for advocacy. I really hope to not only make an impact during this fellowship, but I hope to continue to learn how to advocate for others.


Blog Posts

The Burden of Efficiency in Rural Small Towns

by Magnolia Long

By Magnolia Long (LFNC Fellow – Rutherfordton) During the first week of my fellowship, I had the opportunity to spend one day with each town department just to learn about the basic operations and their goals for service. I did ride-alongs with police officers, explored the brand-new public works building, …