Parween Mascari is an attorney and a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Through her work at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce with small and large businesses, with the legislature to help shape policy for the State of West Virginia, and through her own entrepreneurial efforts and community involvement Mascari is guided in all things by her mission of supporting and encouraging local economies, job creation, quality of life, hospitality & tourism, small business & entrepreneurship, philanthropy, community & economic development, and the attraction, retention, and recruitment of talent in the Mountain State. Mascari serves as a Trustee and the Audit Committee Chair for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, a board member of the Snowshoe Foundation, and a member of the public policy committee of Philanthropy West Virginia. She is a consultant to the America’s Best Communities contest, a member of the WVU College of Law’s Visiting Committee, and an advisory board member for the Brickstreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WVU. Mascari is a founding member of Generation Morgantown and Generation West Virginia, and previously served the people of West Virginia on the boards of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and I-79 Development Council.
Her passion and purpose is to always be working on projects and with people who are interested in moving the State of West Virginia forward. Mascari received both her MBA and law degree from West Virginia University. After law school she spent a decade as an attorney with the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC. Mascari has four children and splits her time mostly between Morgantown and Charleston, but spends as much time as possible on the top of Snowshoe Mountain where she owns the WV Market, a small retail shop specializing in locally produced goods made in West Virginia by West Virginians.
Erica served as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the WVFMA for the 2015-2016 market season and is currently serving as our project coordinator. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts at Marshall University studying graphic design, marketing, and multimedia. She has taken the lead on several projects including the annual census and the Recipe Challenge, as well as many others.
Erica grew up in Elizabeth, WV; there she was an active member of FFA and 4-H. Her projects included producing and selling produce and small live stock. She moved to Huntington, WV in 2007 to pursue a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. While studying at Marshall University, she discovered her ambition for knowledge and leadership.