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justin hembreeJustin Hembree

Executive Director



  • Service Academy Preparatory Training, Marion Military Institute
  • Bachelor of Science, Appalachian State University
  • Master of Public Administration, Appalachian State University
  • County Administration Course, University of North Carolina School of Government


Justin Hembree, a native of Mitchell County, NC, has 15 years experience in NC municipal, county, and regional government management. He holds a BS and a MPA, both from Appalachian State University, and served in the US Army. Justin currently serves as Executive Director of Land of Sky Regional Council. Land of Sky Regional Council is a multi-county local government planning and economic/community development organization that serves the counties of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Justin has previously served as County Manager of Mitchell County, NC and Assistant County Manager of Henderson County, NC. Justin is an active member of the NC Association of Regional Councils, the NC City and County Management Association, the Southern Economic Development Council and serves a member of the National Association of Development Organization’s Board of Directors. He is also active with his alma mater having served as President and currently serving as Treasurer of the Appalachian State University Local Government Alumni Association, a member of the Yosef Club, a member of the Chancellor’s Society and a past member of the Alumni Council. He occasionally competes on the professional barbeque circuit and is one of the founding members of the Carolina BBQ League.