Meet Carrie Mack. With a background in non-profit management and development, the focus of my work has been through the lens of community based projects that highlight fostering new ideas, collaboration, and increased capacity for all involved. For eight years, my husband, Travis, and I spent our summers in Ontario. As owners and operators of a remote fishing lodge in the Canadian wilderness, we got to explore the outdoors as well as the trials and tribulations of owning a small business. I believe fiercely that food justice is social justice. I serve on the Bend Central District visionary board and hope to be a steward for our community’s vision for the future. Forever saying yes to adventure, I love running far and fast, writing, and eating everything in-between.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I grew up in the midwest near most of my extended family. My mom moved to the west coast about 8 years ago, and my brother and I followed suit. My husband, Travis, and I met in college over 15 years ago. These days we’re usually chasing after our 6 month old retriever puppy, Atlas.
Q: Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
I’m currently the Community Engagement Manager at the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA). I am responsible for implementing development and communication related to sustained funding and increased awareness about our programs and impact at HDFFA. What I love most about this job is the people I work with. Our team is so supportive and engaged, which has a really positive impact on our work. I also love learning about and getting to know all the amazing farmers, ranchers and food business owners who provide for our community – they are the backbone of our local food system and it is an honor to work with them and share their stories. I am incredibly fortunate to also pursue my passion as a marathoner with Littlewing Athletics here in Bend. We are an elite women’s training group led by Lauren Fleshman and have the goal of maximally supporting each other in achieving our running potential, while also fostering self-growth. Recently, I competed in the US Olympic Marathon trials this spring in Atlanta. I have learned so much about myself as an athlete and a person through this experience and am grateful to keep exploring the sport and competing at this level!
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Foxtail, Barrio, Spork, Jackson’s Corner – I could go on, but I’ll stop there.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
My husband and I moved here in the fall of 2017.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Lauren Fleshman is probably the most authentic person I’ve ever met here in Bend.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Minneapolis, MN. My best friend just had her first baby and its been really tough not being able to jump on a plane to go love her up.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
I’m trying to remember the last movie I even watched in entirety. Does Hamilton count? My husband and I recently finished watched The Wire which was a really good TV series.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Keep showing up.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Oh boy, better not open that rabbit hole. Too many things? I would really like to write a book.
Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
I’ve been listening to Sylvan Esso radio a lot.
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Jackson’s Corner was one of the first spots we ever went and it’s one of the first places we take visitors. It feels like you’re taking someone over to meet a friend.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Samin Nosrat would be pretty great as a lunch date. I’d take her to the farmers market so we could try everything.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I’ve never lived anywhere else that fosters a culture of being active outdoors quite like Bend does. Also, ocean rolls.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I prefer a clean house, but a messy car doesn’t phase me at all.
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Iceland was pretty spectacular.
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
No strong preferences here, weirdly.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Jumping in the Deschutes after a late summer afternoon run.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My Littlewing Athletics teammates.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
fresh basil and rain
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
comfort, good food, sunsets