Speakers

People United for Sustainable Housing

Aaron Bartley is the co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which mobilizes residents to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, green jobs and next generation infrastructure...

Center for Economic Democracy

Aaron Tanaka is a Boston based community organizer and impact
investor. As the founding executive director of the Boston Workers
Alliance in 2005, he helped organize no/low-income workers of color

Kresge Arts

Adrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha.

New Economy Coalition

Aisha Shillingford is the Director of Organizing for the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative at the New Economy Coalition where she is working to develop a shared race and class analysis of the new economy and to build collective power among...

Restaurant Opportunities Center

Alexandre Zwicker Galimberti is a restaurant professional with over eight years experience in the industry. He
holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy degree from Boston University, an Associate in Occupational Studies

PolicyLink

Alexandra Bastien is Program Associate at PolicyLink where she works to lift up policy solutions pertaining to wealth inequality across the nation from a lens of equity.

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman.

Tellus Institute

Allen White is Vice President and Senior Fellow of Tellus Institute in Boston and directs the Institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign.

Beautiful Trouble

I’ve written a few books and played a few pranks. I’m a long-time veteran of creative campaigns for social change. I started a company. We won a few awards. On a good day I’m funny. On a bad day, political. On a really bad day, philosophical.

Public Works

Anika Fassia joined Public Works in May 2012 as a Program Associate.

Class Action

Anne Phillips was raised in a modest working and middle-class neighborhood outside of the Twin Cities.

Center For Social Inclusion

Anthony Giancatarino directs the Food Equity and Energy Democracy programs at the Center For Social Inclusion.

Participatory Budgeting Project

Ashley-Rose is the Youth Organizer for the first youth participatory
budgeting process in the US, in Boston. She is an educator, artist and
community organizer from Boston who attended Northeastern University.

The City School

Aslin Perez is a youth organizer and leader with The City School in Dorchester, and is a Co-Chair of Youth Lead the Change, Participatory Budgeting Boston.

New America Foundation

Barry Lynn directs the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, and is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Chantier de l'économie sociale

Béatrice Alain is the coordinator of the RELIESS, an international virtual centre for networking on public policy for the social and solidarity economy.

Conversation Collaborative, Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory

Ben Roberts offers professional process hosting in person and virtually through the Conversation Collaborative.

New Economy Coalition

Bob Massie is the President of the New Economy Coalition. An ordained Episcopal minister, he received his B.A. from Princeton Unversity, M.A. from Yale Divinity School, and doctorate from Harvard Business School.

Slow Money

Bonnie Rukin is the Coordinator of Slow Money Maine, an intentionally inclusive and diverse network of 900 people representing many sectors and communities in Maine.

The Working World

Brendan Martin is founder and director of The Working World, a cooperative financial institution and business incubator based in Argentina, Nicaragua, and the United States.

Labor Network for Sustainability

Brendan Smith is an ocean farmer and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. He worked previously for Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as a senior legislative aide, staff on the U.S.

350.org

Brett Fleishman is a Senior Analyst for 350.org, whose work is focused on the campaign to divest from fossil fuels

Bryan Perlmutter is 22 years old and a native to NC. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the founder of Ignite NC. At N.C.

Freelancers Union

Caitlin Pearce is Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Freelancers Union, the nation's largest group representing the growing independent workforce.

Carolyn got the “green” bug as an Americorps volunteer at the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, CA. She started with A Yard & A Half in 2000 as a maintenance laborer while she finished up her M.Div.

University of South Alabama

Cathy O’Keefe M.Ed., CTRS retired from a 40 year career as a recreation practitioner and faculty member in Leisure Studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

PolicyLink

Chris Schildt conducts research for PolicyLink on equitable economic growth strategies at, including best practices for advancing equity in job creation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

Center For Story Based Strategy

Christine is the Program Director at the Center For Story Based Strategy.  She believes that people power can change the world. That's why she's dedicated herself to strong strategies – in our organizing, our campaigns, and our stories.

Institute for Policy Studies

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S.

The State of Oregon

Cylvia Hayes is currently the First Lady of Oregon, where she is spearheading development and implementation of a Genuine Progress Indicator for the state.

Real Pickles
New Economics Foundation

Dan is Lead Organiser of the campaigns team at NEF in London. He runs the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) programme, training and bringing together campaigners from unions, faith groups, NGOs and grass roots groups.

Center for American Progress

David Abromowitz  is a senior fellow at American Progress, focusing on housing policy and related federal and state programs and issues.

American Sustainable Business Council

David Levine is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the American Sustainable Business Council.

Boston Impact Initiative

Deborah Frieze is co-founder and managing partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund that partners with businesses and organizations throughout our city to create systemic shifts in opportunities for urban communities.

350.org

Deirdre Smith began organizing around water rights and coal impacts in her New Mexico community as a teenager.

Southern Bancorp

Dominik Mjartan serves as Senior Vice President of Southern Bancorp Inc., one of the oldest and largest development banks in America.

Fund for Democratic Communities

Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC).

New Economy Coalition

Eli Feghali is the Director of Communications and Online Organizing for the New Economy Coalition.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Eliza Parad has been doing housing organizing in and around Boston
since 2009 after working with grassroots organizations in Chile for 3
years. From 2010-2013 she was an organizer at the Chelsea

New Economy Coalition

Emily Hardt  joined NEC after completing her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2013, where she wrote her dissertation on the organizing forms and commitments of theTransition Towns...

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New Economy Coalition, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA)

Esteban Kelly is the lead organizer for the New Economy Coalition.

Eva Gladstein serves as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia.

Community Purchasing Alliance

Felipe Witchger, Executive Director, Community Purchasing Alliance, leads the cooperative efforts of the 130+ participating religious, education, and community institutions in the greater Washington D.C./Baltimore metropolitan areas.

Democracy Collaborative

Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R.

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project

Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980's.

Vermont Law School

Gus Speth is a Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, and Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos and with the United Nations Foundation, both in New York City.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

Hannah Jones is an organizer for the Responsible Endowments Coalition. She first encountered REC while working on Swarthmore Mountain Justice's fossil fuel divestment campaign.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Harry Smith started working at DSNI in 2011 and is the Director of Sustainable and Economic Development as well as the Director of Dudley Neighbors, Inc.

Helen Scharber is an assistant professor of economics at Hampshire College. She holds a B.A. in economics from Knox College, an M.A. in environmental politics from Keele University, and an M.A. and Ph.D.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

Ian Trupin works with student groups around the country who are demanding that their schools divest from private prisons and fossil fuels.

Jacklyn Gil is a recent graduate of Brandeis University majoring in Peace and Justice studies, with a focus in Peacebuilding Arts.

Grand Aspirations

Jackson Koeppel is the Organizational Facilitator for Soulardarity, a chapter of Grand Aspirations empowering residents of Highland Park, MI to build self-determination through the collective planning and cooperative ownership of 200 solar...

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Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Jake Claro joined the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in 2012 and serves as the Farm to Plate Network Assistant.

Sustainable Economies Law Center

Janelle Orsi  is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center as well as an attorney and mediator focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities.

Grand Aspirations

Jennifer Roach works with Grand Aspirations to coordinate a green economy training program in Hartford, CT called Summer of Solutions Hartford.

Cutting Edge Capital

Jenny Kassan is an attorney specializing in social ventures. Her legal-practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.

Labor Network for Sustainability

Jeremy Brecher [www.jeremybrecher.org] is a co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability [www.labor4sustainability.org].

New Economy Coalition

Jessica Brackman has been working in photography, publishing and film for the past several decades.

Jigar Bhatt is a PhD candidate at the department of planning in the Graduate School for Architecture,...

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Black Mesa Water Coalition

Jihan Gearon is the Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition.

Equity Trust

Jim Oldham is Executive Director of Equity Trust, a small
Massachusetts-based non-profit working nationally to promote alternative
forms of land ownership--for farms, housing, local businesses and

American Independent Business Alliance

Joe Grafton is the Director of Development and Community Engagement for the American Independent Business Alliance.

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Joe Rinehart is the Rural Programs Coordinator at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.  He got involved in the worker cooperative movement as a Peer Advisor in the Democracy at Work Network.

Labor Network for Sustainability

Joe Uehlein Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability, and Voices for a Sustainable Future.

The South Mountain Company

John Abrams is co-founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, a 37-year-old employee owned design/build and renewable energy company in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

Take Back Your Time

John de Graaf is an author, filmmaker and Executive Director of Take Back Your Time (www.timeday.org).

Capital Institute

John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, and a recognized New Economy thought leader and public speaker. He is also an active impact investor through his Level 3 Capital Advisors.

RepresentUS

Josh Silver is a veteran election and media reform executive.

Grassroots International

Jovanna Garcia Soto is the Program Coordinator for Latin America at Grassroots International.

Criterion Institute

Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. Literally hundreds of ventures have been shaped by Joy’s insights and experience.

PAX World

Julie Fox Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management Corporation. She oversees environmental, social, and governance-related research and advocacy.

Boston College

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network.

Kamilah Moore was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA area. She has just completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she studied Political Science, Education and Film, Television & Digital Media.

International Student Initiative for Pluralist Economics

Keith Harrington is the former Maryland and Washington D.C.

Post Carbon Institute

Ken White is the Associate Director of the Post Carbon Institute and a founding Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory steward, and an appreciative participant in two TRCC co-labs.

1Worker1Vote

Kristen Barker is a social entrepreneur and President of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative.

Natural Capitalism Solutions

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SolidarityNYC

Lauren Hudson is s a collective member of Solidarity NYC--an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting New York’s Solidarity Economy.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

Lauren currently supports the national student responsible investment movement as National Organizer for the Responsible Endowments Coalition.

Move to Amend

Lee Ketelsen has 35 years of organizing experience.

Leigh Dodson is a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She attended Vassar College (BA) and New York University, where she received a Masters in American Studies.

Ms. Samuelrich manages Green Century Capital Management, leading the Funds’ investment strategies and overseeing Green Century’s business development, communications and shareholder advocacy. Prior to joining Green Century in 2012, Ms.

Demos

Lew Daly is Director of Policy and Research at Demos, with responsibilities for planning and managing research and policy development across the organization.

hOurworld

Linda Hogan is a Social Architect and Storyteller who was raised in a large family in a small, rural, college town in New Hampshire where the creation and practice of community currency was a valued norm.

New Hope Time Exchange

Lisa Conlan Lewis is  a  national  and  state  consultant  and  advocate  for  systems  reform,  social  justice

Class Action

Liz Padgett was raised in a professional middle class family in a small town in upstate New York.

CERO

Lor Holmes is CERO Cooperative’s start up manager. She leads business
development and capitalization strategies and, like all of the CERO
worker-owners Lor shares a passion for environmental and social

Vida Verde Women's Co-Op

Lucimara Rodrigues is a Brazilian immigrant who has worked as a house cleaner since 2002 when she emigrated from her native city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais.

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Lydia Edwards is the Massachusetts Campaign Coordinator for the National Domestic Worker Alliance.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

Marcie Smith is the Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition. She has a BA in International Affairs from Transylvania University and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Public Citizen

Margrete Strand Rangnes has worked extensively on issues related to trade and globalization; energy policies and climate change; and workers’ rights and economic development.

Post Carbon Institute, TransitionUS

Marissa Mommaerts is Communications Manager at the Post Carbon Institute as well as Communications and Operations Manager at Transition US.

Democracy Collaborative

Marjorie Kelly is currently a Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy Services at The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit research and consulting organization that specializes in community wealth building, a new paradigm of...

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Donella Meadows Institute

Marta Ceroni is the Executive Director of the Donella Meadows Institute. Her work focuses on fostering systems thinking for the design of sustainable regional economies.

Resident Owned Communities USA

Mary O’Hara is currently the Director of ROC USA® Network, a national network of non-profit, certified technical assistance providers serving homeowners of for-sale manufactured home communities (a.k.a “mobile home parks”) who...

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Melissa Hoover is the Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national membership organization for worker cooperatives, founded in 2004.

Climate Action Liaison Coalition

Michael Green is a Program Director at the Climate Liaison Action Coalition. Michael is a Northeastern University graduate with degrees in international affairs and environmental studies.

Chinese Progressive Organization

The Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond.

Coworker.org

Michelle Miller is a workers’ rights activist and participatory media artist. She is the co-founder of Coworker.org, a digital platform that supports innovative, ground-up campaigns for workplace change.

Canadian Community Economic Development Network

Mike Lewis has been engaged in community economic development, development finance, and the social and co-operative economy for over 35 years.

Peers

Milicent Johnson is the Director of Partnerships for Peers. She draws on her extensive involvement at the forefront of the sharing economy movement.

Working Films

Molly Murphy is co-director of Working Films, a national nonprofit that uses documentary film to advance organizing for social and environmental justice.

North American Students of Cooperation

Morgan Crawford is the Director of Educational Programs, North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO). He spends most of his free time thinking about cooperatives.

Nadine Bloch is an innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista, who combines the principles and strategies of nonviolent civil disobedience with...

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Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)

Niaz is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).

New Economy Coalition

Nicholas Hayes is the Faith Community Partnerships Organizer at the New Economy Coalition.

Green for All

Nikki Silvestri is the Executive Director of Green for All in Oakland, CA.

Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition

Orion Kriegman is the founder of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), a project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Boston pioneering community resilience,and he is Co-Director of New England NET, doing the same at a...

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Palak leads NDWA's experimental and market-based approaches to improve working conditions, services and employment opportunities for domestic workers.

TransitionUS

Pamela Boyce Simms is a Trainer for Transition US, convenes the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) a six-state consortium that facilitates the collaboration of Transition Town initiatives throughout the region.

Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Penn Loh is Lecturer and Director of the Masters of Public Policy Program and Community Practice at Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

New Economy Coalition

Rachel Plattus is Director of Youth and Student Organizing at the New Economy Coalition. She coordinates the Youth and Student Network and works to build community, organizational and funder engagement in the New Economy.

Rebecca Fletcher is a Project Manager with Equity Trust, a small
Massachusetts-based nonprofit working nationally on equitable forms of
land ownership, and developing economic relationships based on justice and

Harvard University

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and...

New Economy Coalition

René Pérez is the IT and Data Systems Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition.

Grassroots Policy Project

Richard Healey is Executive Director of GPP, as well as its founder. In the 1970s, he was National Director of the New American Movement.

CoFED

Ruby Levine lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While attending Macalester College, she got involved with the founding of Grand Aspirations.

New Economy Coalition

Sachie Hopkins Hayakawa is a Youth and Student Organizer with the New Economy Coalition. Sachie grew up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, where she began to develop a commitment to environmental and racial justice.

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Sara joined Kentuckians For The Commonwealth's staff in April 2009 as a New Power Campaign Organizer, working to reform Kentucky's rural electric cooperatives and move them toward more energy efficiency and clean energy.

Center For A New American Dream

Sarah Baird is the Director of Outreach and Communications for the Center For A New American Dream.

Institute for Policy Studies

Sarah Byrnes is the Economic Justice Organizer with the Project on Inequality and the Common Good at IPS.

Free Speech for People

Sarah Stranahan has more than 20 years of experience in mission related investing, community organizing, and social change philanthropy.

AmeriQoin

Scott Morris has been operating in the world of community currency since 2009, when he designed and organized the HERO Rewards program, later featured in the documentary film "Money & Life".

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Scott Sawyer joined the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in 2003 and is responsible for researching, creating, and evaluating VSJF projects and programs.

Boston Center For Community Ownership

Stacey Cordeiro is a Co-op Organizer, and founder of the Boston Center for Community Ownership (bcco.coop). She provides education & training, facilitation, and consulting to worker co-ops and other community owned businesses.

Institute for Local Self Reliance

Stacy Mitchell directs ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that...

Democracy Collaborative

Steve Dubb is Research Director of The Democracy Collaborative and has worked for the Collaborative since 2004.

Climate Action Liaison Coalition, Tech Networks Of Boston

Susan Labandibar is the Founder of Climate Action Liaison Coalition and President of Tech Networks of Boston as well as a long-tome environmental and social justice activist.

TheMOVE

Tamika Francis is Executive Director of TheMOVE. She grew up in Jamaica and moved to Boston in 2005, where she immediately found herself at home in Dorchester.

PICO National Network

Tim Lilienthal is the director of the Campaign for Economic Dignity at PICO National Network, a coalition of 50 faith-based community organizations composed of over 1,200 member congregations in 20 states.

CERO

Timothy Hall is a founding worker-owner of Cooperative Energy
Recycling and Organics (CERO) Co-op, building a multi racial worker
owned recycling and organic composting company in Boston. Tim was one

Shareable

Tom Llewellyn is the Network Coordinator for the international Sharing Cities Network, a project of Shareable.

Second Nature

Anthony D. Cortese, ScD is a Senior Fellow of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. He was its co-founder along with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), and Bruce Droste...

Economic Development for the City of Cleveland

Tracey Nichols is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland, Ohio.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

Varshini Prakash is a Board member of the Responsible Endowments Coalition as well as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is pursuing a dual-degree in Environmental Science and Political Science.

CoFED

Yahya Alazrak is the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Organizer. He spent 4 years being a part of the Greenleaf Coffee Cooperative at Guilford College.

Free Software Foundation

Trained as an engineer, Zak is an activist who cares about technology's role in shaping society and social change.