Bob Massie

President
 
Bob Massie is the President of the New Economy Coalition. An ordained Episcopal minister, he received his B.A. from Princeton Unversity, M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and doctorate from Harvard Business School.  From 1989 to 1996 he taught at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as the director of the Project on Business, Values, and the Economy. His 1998 book, Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years, won the Lionel Gelber prize for the best book on international relations in the world. He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1994 and a candidate for the United States Senate in 2011.   
 
During his career he has created or led three ground-breaking sustainability organizations, serving as the president of Ceres (the largest coalition of investors and environmental groups in the United States), the co-founder and first chair of the Global Reporting Initiative, and the initiator of the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which currently has over 100 members with combined assets of over $10 trillion. His autobiography, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience, has just been published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

David M. Abromowitz

David M. Abromowitz is a senior fellow at American Progress, focusing on housing policy and related federal and state programs and issues. A partner in the law firm Goulston & Storrs, he is nationally known for expertise in housing and economic development, working on projects around the country involving housing and historic tax credit investment, HUD-assisted housing, public housing revitalization, assisted living, community land trusts, shared-equity homeownership, multifamily rental housing development, planned homeownership communities, and other multi-layered public/private projects over the past 25 years.
 
Mr. Abromowitz is a past chair and founding member of both the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness and of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is a board member of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, and a member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders. In 2004 he was awarded the Trailblazer award of the National Economic Development and Law Center of Oakland, California, and in 2007 he was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Boston.
 
Mr. Abromowitz co-chaired the Housing Policy Working Group of then Governor-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA), and has served on other housing advisory groups for public officials, such as Mayor Tom Menino of Boston’s advisory task force during his first term. He serves on a number of charitable boards, including YouthBuild USA, The Equity Trust, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, and B’nai B’rith New England.
 
A former adjunct professor at Northeastern Law School, the New Jersey native received his B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
 

Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and a former Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and King's College of Cambridge University. He served as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and as a Special Assistant working on United Nations matters in the Department of State. Earlier he was President of the Center for Community Economic Development and of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. His numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His latest book is America Beyond Capitalism (2011, with a foreword by Gus Speth). Among other recent books:  Unjust Deserts (2008, with Lew Daly); Making a Place for Community (2002, with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio); and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995).

Read Gar Alperovitz's E. F. Schumacher Lecture, "Distributing Our Technological Inheritance."
Read his article, "America Beyond Capitalism: The Pluralist Commonwealth."
Listen to his lecture at the University of Michigan, "Might There Be an America beyond Capitalism?"
Read his article, "The New-Economy Movement."
Read his report, Climate Change, Community Stability, and the Next 150 Million Americans.
Watch his lecture, "The Possibility of Profound Change in America."

 

Jessica Brackman

Jessica Brackman was CEO of FPG International, a leading stock photography agency recognized for its creative innovation, commitment to social issues and unique corporate culture. During her tenure there, she became involved with the Social Venture Network (SVN) and served on the board of the Aperture Foundation, a not-for-profit photography institute and book publisher. After selling FPG, Jessica co-produced a film documentary about the spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, entitled Fierce Grace
 
She serves on the board of the Tibet Fund, an organization founded under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that supports health, education, cultural preservation and economic development in the Tibetan refugee community. She has worked on a number of publishing projects that deal with environmental, social and spiritual themes, including Al Gore’s book, An Inconvenient Truth and, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan diaspora, she produced, Thank You Tibet.
 
She now works in the area of social and environmental impact documentary film and is the founder of the New Economy Film Festival which launched in NYC in 2013.

Farhad Ebrahimi

Interim Director & Chair of the Executive Transition Committee
 
Farhad Ebrahimi is the founder and trustee chair of the Chorus Foundation, which works for a just transition to a regenerative economy in the United States. The Chorus Foundation supports communities on the front lines of the old, extractive economy to build new bases of political, economic, and cultural power for systemic change.
 
Farhad is also a founding member of the Boston-based organizing collective Simorgh, and he serves on the boards of the New Economy Coalition, the Democracy Alliance, and Citizen Engagement Lab. When not wrestling with the implications of such titles as “organizer” and “philanthropist,” he is a musician, lover of film and literature, and bicycle snob.
 
Farhad graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with Computer Science. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
 
In July 2014, Farhad was appointed to act as NEC's Interim Director in his capacity as the Chair of the Executive Transition Committee. Learn more here. 
 

Connie E. Evans

Connie Evans is the President and CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national nonprofit organization and business trade association representing the U.S. microenterprise development industry. AEO has nearly 400 member organizations that provide training, technical assistance and resources to entrepreneurs across the United States.
 
Connie’s joining of AEO in March 2009 was a logical next step in her career as a visionary leader, strategist, activist, and social entrepreneur who has founded three organizations. In 1986 she was the founding president of the award-winning Women’s Self-Employment Project, the first and largest urban microenterprise development organization in the U.S. and the first adaptation of the Grameen Bank model to a U.S. urban setting. Evans also pioneered one of the first matched-savings program -- Individual Development Accounts -- in the country. In 2000 she founded WSEP Ventures, a social enterprise-hybrid organization developed to serve as a catalyst for social change, economic development and community empowerment. At WSEP Ventures, Evans launched Capital Bridge C3, a fellowship program supporting emerging social entrepreneurs. And in 2007, Evans founded CSolutions Consulting, an advisory boutique specializing in solutions that address social change.
 
An international development consultant, with over 25 years experience, she has been recognized and utilized by such groups as the World Bank, the Clinton Administration, a host of local government and private and independent sector organizations. With international experience spanning 43 countries, Evans draws on her expertise in developing and implementing strategies to further economic development, health and social change in communities.
 
Evans started her career in community mental health as a master-level psychologist. Her commitment to improving the health and life options for disadvantaged women and their families moved her to “harness the marketplace” for solutions. As the Assistant Director of a Hull House Association affiliate in Chicago, Evans became the Project Director for the first resident managed public housing site in the city. She helped low-income women to organize, develop leadership skills, and learn business to take control over a multi-million dollar enterprise.
 
Evans has lectured in universities throughout the United States and is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker at conferences around the globe. She has many distinguished awards. A sampling includes being named the Inaugural Twink Frey Social Activist in 2006; the 1996 Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine who recognized her contributions in making Chicago a better place to live. Her leadership and commitment to community service and social change has also been recognized with the first Teknion Humanitarian Award in 1999; Gloria Steinem Woman of Vision Award; 1998 Community Leader of the Year presented by the African American MBA Association at the University of Chicago; and the Chicago Community Service Fellowship Award by the Chicago Community Trust.
 
Evans’ broad experiences across the worlds of business and finance compliments her skills in development finance. She served two elected terms on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and was the first African American woman to hold such a position. Evans was appointed by President Clinton to the CDFI Advisory Board, a fund in the Department of the Treasury. She also received appointments from President Clinton to the U.S. Delegation to preparatory meetings for the Summit of the Americas, to the U.S. Delegation to preparatory meetings for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and again for Beijing Plus Five. 
 

John Fullerton

John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative  working to transform finance to serve a more just, resilient, and sustainable economic system. Through the work of Capital Institute, his syndicated “Future of Finance” blog on the Capital Institute website, regular public speaking engagements, and university lectures, he has become a recognized thought leader in the New Economy space generally and the financial-system transformation challenge in particular. John earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from New York University's Stern Business School.

 
John is a recognized leading practitioner in  “impact investment”  as the principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC. Level 3 Capital’s direct investments are primarily focused on sustainable and regenerative land use, food, and water. Through both Capital Institute and Level 3 Capital, he brings a  theory-and-practice approach to financial system transformation.
 
Previously John was the seed funder and CEO of Alerian Capital Management, which is now a multi-billion- dollar investment management firm that invests in midstream energy infrastructure via Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), and created the Alerian MLP Index. Prior to Alerian, he was a Managing Director of JPMorgan, where he worked for over 18 years. At JPMorgan he managed various capital markets and derivatives business around the globe, then shifted focus to private investments and was subsequently the Chief Investment Officer of LabMorgan through the merger with Chase Manhattan before retiring from the bank in 2001.
 
John is a Co-Founder and Director of Grasslands, LLC, a holistic ranch management company in partnership with the Savory Institute and a Director of New Day Farms, Inc., New Economics Institute, and Savory Institute.org.
 

Read John Fullerton's essay, "The Relevance of E. F. Schumacher in the 21st Century."

Neva Goodwin

Neva Goodwin is Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University. She is the lead author of two introductory college-level textbooks: Microeconomics in Context and Macroeconomics in Context, published by M.E. Sharpe. These are the starting points for her endeavor to develop an economic theory— "contextual economics"—that will have more relevance to real-world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. The Microeconomics text is available in Italian, Russian, and Vietnamese. Goodwin is also director of a project that has developed a "Social Science Library: Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being." Containing a bibliography of 10,000 titles, including full text PDFs of about a third of these, this material will be sent on USB drives or CDs to all university libraries in 137 developing countries. As a member of the board of Ceres and in other activities outside of her academic work, Goodwin is involved in efforts to motivate business to recognize social and ecological health as significant, long-term corporate goals.

Essay by Neva Goodwin:  "A New Economics for the Twenty-First Century," October 2010.
Lectures by Neva Goodwin: "What Can We Hope for the World in 2075?", November 2010;  Presentation on reforming economics education at the June 5, 2010, founding meeting for the New Economics Institute.
Collected articles click here

Hildegarde Hannum

After teaching German language and literature at Hayward State University, UC Berkeley, and Connecticut College, Hildegarde turned to a career as free-lance translator with her husband. Their translations from German to English include the work of philosopher Hans Jonas and psychoanalyst Alice Miller. She is a board member of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where she edits the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, turning the spoken word into essays that are published in pamphlet form and are available on the internet. She edited People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures (Yale University Press, 1997).

Keith Harrington

Keith Harrington is the former Maryland and Washington D.C. Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network – a Mid-Atlantic-based climate and clean-energy advocacy group that 350.org founder Bill McKibben calls “the best regional climate organization in the world.” During his four years at CCAN, Keith organized grassroots activists across Maryland and D.C. to push for aggressive policy responses to the climate crisis. His work has positioned Maryland to become one of the first states to develop offshore wind power, and he has contributed to the passage of some of the most progressive state and local climate policies in the nation including the first county-level carbon tax, and the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009.

Keith’s appreciation of the need for systemic economic change led him join the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy as its Climate and Energy Specialist in 2010, and thereafter to join the board of the New Economy Network before its merger with the New Economics Institute.

Keith is currently pursuing a master’s degree in economics and leading NEI's Campus Network affiliate group at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He also recently launched Shoestring Videos for Nonprofits - a discount video-production and graphic-design service for progressive advocacy groups, and is a contributing writer on climate, energy and the new-economy at several publications including Truthout, Grist.org, Alternet, and the Huffington Post.

Leah Hunt Hendrix

Born and raised in NYC, Leah has spent the past decade at the intersection of theory and practice, combining a study of moral philosophy and democratic theory with research around the world in grassroots organizing and social movements. She has her PhD in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Princeton University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate she lived and worked in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, where she focused her research on the effects of international aid and development, and the history of popular protest.

David Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Adviser to the President at Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including Earth in Mind and Ecological Literacy, and co-editor of three others. The recipient of seven honorary degrees and other national awards, he has served on the Boards of many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Bioneers.

Orr regards environmentalism as a matter of ethical design, involving our responsibility and relationship to the earth we've inherited and the earth we will bequeath.

His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. In 1987 Orr organized studies of energy, water, and materials use on several college campuses, helping  to launch the green campus movement. In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century.”

Orr holds a B.A. from Westminster College (1965), an M.A. from Michigan State University (1966), and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1973).

 Read David Orr's E. F. Schumacher Lecture, Environmental Literacy: Education as if the Earth Mattered.

Will Raap

Will Raap is founder and chairman of Gardener's Supply, an employee-owned family of companies that has won several national and regional awards for its innovative business and socially responsible business practices. He also founded the Intervale Center, a community farming innovation center and incubator of dozens of new organic farms. Currently Will is working on several environmental restoration initiatives, including four "new urbanist" conservation developments in Vermont and Costa Rica. These conservation developments are The Earth Partners, Restoring Our WatershedEl Centro Verde, and Carbon Harvest Energy. The Earth Partners are working on developing "conservation biomass" globally; Restoring Our Watershed in Costa Rica is committed to reclaiming the health and resiliency of critically damaged or threatened natural areas in a 28,000 acre watershed; EL Centro Verde is an agroforestry and training center in Costa Rica; Carbon Harvest Energy is a business developing integrated energy and food projects fueled by landfill methane.    

Read Will Raap's E. F. Schumacher Lecture. E. F. Schumacher: He Taught Us to Build Bridges and Plant Trees; his recent article for Vermont Natural Resources Council, "The 'New Economy' Can Strengthen Vermont's Working Landscape"; his TED (Technology,Entertainment,Design) talk on mitigating climate change; and his June 5th, 2010, talk on using Vermont as a model for rebuilding our economies (given at the founding meeting of the New Economics Institute). Visit Will Raap's website at http://www.willraap.org.

Gus Speth

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. He was Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy at Yale where he served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Speth was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, he has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment.

Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, the Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of South Carolina. Publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (2008),Global Environmental Governance (2006), Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (2004), Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment (2003); and articles in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The Harvard Business Review, and other journals and books. Speth currently serves on the boards of the New Economy Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for a New American Dream, Climate Reality Project, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

His recent articles include: A New American Environmentalism and the New Economy; Towards a New Consciousness in America: Roles for Grantmakers; Towards a New Economy and a New Politics; Letter to Liberals: Liberalism, Environmentalism, and Economic Growth; Preamble: New Economy, Sustaining Economy Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic GrowthWhat Is the American Dream?: Dueling Dualities in the American Tradition; and America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I.
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6681


 

Sarah Stranahan

Sarah Stranahan has more than 20 years of experience in mission related investing, community organizing, and social change philanthropy. As a long term Board member of the Needmor Fund, she helped design and oversee its philanthropic support of community organizing and its integrated mission related investment program. She served on the Finance Committee of the Council on Foundations from 2008-2012, where she helped design and implement an investment policy aligned with the Council’s mission.

Sarah’s experiences as a fiduciary led her to study finance, and she passed her level one Chartered Financial Analyst exam in 2009. She co-founded the New Economy Network in 2010, to increase collaboration between individuals and organizations working to accelerate the transition to an economy that supports people and the planet. She served as the Network Coordinator from 2010 through 2012, and then as co-chair of its Board.

Sarah is a Board member of the Stranahan Foundation and Free Speech for People, a non-profit working to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore republican democracy to the people. Sarah works at Bolder Giving, a non-profit that encourages exceptional philanthropy, where she manages their Bold Investing and Environmental Justice Initiatives. She lives in New York City and Tyringham MA with her husband, Henry Richardson, a glass sculptor. They have three adult sons.

Stewart Wallis

Stewart Wallis graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. His career began in marketing and sales with Rio Tinto Zinc followed by a Masters Degree in Business and Economics at London Business School. He spent seven years with the World Bank in Washington DC working on industrial and financial development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, the last five as Managing Director, leading a successful business turnaround. He joined Oxfam in 1992 as International Director with responsibility, latterly, for 2500 staff in 70 countries and for all Oxfam’s policy, research, development and emergency work worldwide. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002. Stewart joined nef (the new economics foundation) as Executive Director on 1 November 2003. His interests include: global governance, functioning of markets, links between development and environmental agendas, the future of capitalism and the moral economy.

Read Stewart Wallis' Five Principles for the New Economy by 2020

Timothy E. Wirth

Timothy E. Wirth is  President of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund as well as a former Congressman and Senator from the state of Colorado. As President of the UN Foundation (UNF) since its inception in 1998, he has organized and led the formulation of the Foundation’s mission and program priorities, which include the environment, women, population, children’s health, peace, security, and human rights. To address the major problems facing the UN and the world community, Wirth has drawn together diverse private- and-public-sector collaborators and UN agencies, including Rotary International, the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, Nike, Expedia, the National Basketball Association, members of the US congress, the UN leadership, and The Club of Madrid.

Wirth began his career in politics as a White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the Nixon Administration. He ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 and represented Denver, Colorado, suburbs from 1975 to 1987. As Congressman he chaired the Communications Subcommittee, was the lead legislator in restructuring the cable television and telephone industries, and authored the Indian Peaks Wilderness Act of 1978. In 1986 Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate, where his primary concerns were environmental issues, global climate change, and population stabilization. He organized the historic Hansen hearings on climate change in 1988, and with the late Senator Heinz (R-PA) he introduced the groundbreaking “Cap and Trade” idea, which became law in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. As Senator he authored the far-reaching Colorado Wilderness Bill, which became law in 1993. Following two decades of elected politics, Wirth served from 1993 to 1997 in the U.S. Department of State as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs under Bill Clinton, helping to organize U.S. foreign policy in the areas of refugees, population, environment, science, human rights, and narcotics. He was also the lead U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Climate Conference.

Wirth is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University. He has served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and was recently honored as a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme. He is married to Wren Wirth; together they have two grown children and five grandchildren.