Rural Community Builder Name: Aliza McHugh

Community: Columbia River Gorge Region (including Wasco, Klickitat, Skamania, Clark, and Multnomah)

Role: RARE – Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: Connector

Recognized by:  RARE Supervisor

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Her passion for food systems shines through every action she has taken to build and strengthen our food trails here in the Gorge – including securing grants; pulling in the tribal fisheries; helping the businesses recover with hands-on help with their websites and google presence; talking up the trails on the radio; and gathering the farmers, winemakers and restaurant folks to work together to support each other. Through her projects with the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance, she has shown that enthusiasm is infectious and is the oil in the machine of doing great work together.