Nathan Ohle

Executive Director, Rural Community Assistance Partnerships (RCAP)

Nathan Ohle is a leading expert in economic mobility, and was recently selected as one of DCI’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in economic development internationally. He currently serves as the executive director of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), a national non-profit focused on access to water and economic development for rural communities across the country. RCAP’s work in assisting some of the smallest rural communities in the U.S. helps to build capacity and opportunity in every state across the country.

Mr. Ohle has been a leader in economic development for more than a decade at both the federal and state levels. He recently served in the Obama administration as the senior advisor at the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), overseeing policy and external affairs for the $250 million agency. He also served as the lead for the U.S. Department of Commerce on the White House Rural Council and the administration-wide Community Solutions team, leading the engagement in place-based initiatives across the Department of Commerce. Mr. Ohle also developed new partnerships for EDA, and created the Office of Philanthropic Engagement for the Department of Commerce, helping align the interests of the philanthropic sector with the federal government.

He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University.