Ivy Brashear is a native of Viper, Ky., and a fifth-generation Perry Countian. Her family still lives on the Left Fork of Maces Creek, which was settled by her great-great grandfather before the Civil War. She has volunteered with and been a member of several organizations that focus their work on Appalachia’s economic renewal, including the Kentucky Riverkeeper, Kentucky River Watershed Watch, Appalshop and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. She worked at two community newspapers in eastern Kentucky before joining the staff of MACED in February 2013, where she is a communications associate. Much of her work at MACED focuses on Appalachian Transition.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Appalachian Studies from Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently working to complete her Masters Degree in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky.