Laurily Epstein, an Iowa native, has lived in the Berkshires since
2001, and was a second-homer before then. Her Ph.D is in political
science, which she taught at Rutgers before her stint at NBC news, where she worked on polling and election projections. A widow, she has two children and three
grandchildren. She serves on the boards of Berkshire Grown, Berkshire
Natural Resources Council, Green Berkshires, and Project Native.