Aury Kangelos


Originally from West Tennessee, Aury joins Heartland Forward as the Program Manager for Human Capital and Workforce Development. Most recently, Aury served as a Program Manager for the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). At DRA, Aury oversaw multiple workforce development programs, including a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Aury also served as the agency’s governmental affairs liaison and research director. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a focus in economic development from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Policy with a focus in regional economic development from Clemson University. Aury is a graduate of the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering’s Freight Transportation Leadership Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Leadership program. Originally from Union City, TN, Aury, his wife Sarah, son Jameson, and daughter Zadie currently reside in Memphis, TN.

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