UNH Cooperative Extension is pleased welcome Patricia ‘Trish’ Prescott to the Community and Economic Development team. On March 7, Trish started her role as Educational Program Manager—based in Durham, NH—and will support the development and implementation of a range of community-based programs aimed at building community vibrancy and strong local economies. She will also provide marketing support to promote the Community and Economic Development Team’s work to constituents, as well as lead evaluation efforts to demonstrate the impact of Extension’s community-based programs.

Trish brings to Extension over a decade of community development, marketing, educational outreach, and project management experience with nonprofit organizations focusing on affordable and workforce housing. Trish recently moved back to New Hampshire, her home state, from the Tampa Bay area of Florida where she worked in commercial real estate marketing and administration. Prior to that, she worked with The Housing Partnership and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, where she helped the organizations engage communities and municipalities to increase housing options for people of all ages, including seniors, young professionals, and working families.

When asked why she returned to New Hampshire and her home city of Rochester, Trish said, “Living so far from family has been challenging, particularly over the last couple of years. I also missed the feeling of “home”. Returning to my New Hampshire roots and working in Durham is comforting in its familiarity, yet it is exciting to be in a position with UNH Extension to support programs that can really make a difference to communities in the state where I grew up”. Charlie French, Program Leader for Community and Economic Development said, “we are so excited to have Trish join our team. She brings a wealth of experience and can help us to address major issues facing the state, including the housing crunch and workforce development.”

Trish received a Bachelor of Science in Community Development with a minor in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Human Resources Management, from Franklin Pierce University.

Trish Prescott