Emma Pepper
Principal, Peppermill

In partnership with the Appalachia Funders Network, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has launched a Narrative Change Project. The project will be focused in the Kanawha Valley and may include journalism, cultural humanities, storytelling, art, and other media. This pilot will work to tell new stories about our region’s people and places. The long-term goal is to interweave nonfiction storytelling, journalism, cultural stewardship, and civic media practices to lift up regional narratives and build stronger regional networks.

To manage the Narrative Change pilot, TGKVF has contracted with Emma Pepper, principal of Peppermill, a dynamic consulting firm dedicated to driving social impact in Appalachia. With a strong commitment to equity and community power-building, Emma leverages her expertise to help clients achieve transformative growth. Emma’s areas of expertise include coaching, team and culture building, partnership development and network building, facilitation, and impact communications. She is skilled in leading participatory narrative change initiatives rooted in asset-based, community-driven practices.

You can learn more about this initiative and how to get involved at

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