Ines Polonius is CEO of Communities Unlimited, Inc., a CDFI and non-for-profit organization driving community economic development through infrastructure improvements coupled with the growth of small businesses in rural communities in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
In 1998, Ines founded alt.Consulting and became its Executive Director in 2003. alt.Consulting was dedicated to starting, growing, transitioning and turning around small businesses in the Arkansas Delta until a successful merger with Community Resource Group in 2014 formed Communities Unlimited, Inc.
In 2011, Ines and her team launched Delta BioEnergy, a wealth creation value chain that introduced a winter energy crop in the Arkansas Delta and built out the infrastructure to generate biofuel from the crop and waste vegetable oil.
Previously, she served as a Business Development Consultant at the North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development. Ines earned an MBA and an MA in Economics from Boston University. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.