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Introducing NEC’s New Board Members!

Feb 4, 2019 | News & Updates

Say hello to NEC's newest Board members: Renee, Kate, Leslie and Chris! You can learn more about the NEC Board and read their full bios here.

Renee Hatcher is a human rights and community development lawyer. She is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the newly named Community Enterprise and Solidarity Economy Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law School- Chicago, a pro bono legal clinic that provides free legal support to community-based businesses, non-profits, cooperatives, and other solidarity economy enterprises. Her work and research focus on legal and non-legal strategies to build power and create equitable development practices and healthy neighborhoods in predominantly Black, low-income communities.

Kate Poole is an investment advisor and co-founder of Chordata Capital, working with people who have inherited wealth to design and implement investment portfolios that embody an explicit commitment to racial and economic justice.

She started her work in the new economy space at Schumacher Center for New Economics after graduating from Princeton University in 2009, where she wrote her thesis on the intersection of spiritual beliefs and economic action. She went on to work with Michael Shuman, researching local investing for his books Local Dollars, Local Sense and The Local Economy Solution. 

Activism came early in Leslie Lindo’s formative years – taking on environmental issues in elementary school and human rights issues in high school. Often an early adopter, she was the first Certified Sustainable Building Advisor in Arizona and owned the first mass-produced electric car.

Joining BALLE in 2014 was a homecoming for Leslie – returning to the community where her mother was raised and where she finds family in her skin, carrying the torch of her father’s life work, building on the passion she found with her last venture, and taking on mission-driven work. She finds purpose in resourcing BALLE’s network by forming strategic partnerships and producing programs that advance work directly in communities.


Chris Tittle is a facilitator, organizer, lawyer, and writer focused on land and housing justice, participatory governance, and co-creating post capitalist / post white supremacist futures. He is Director of Organizational Resilience at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a democratically-run nonprofit in Oakland supporting communities to create and control their own sustainable sources of housing, food, energy, and livelihoods. At the Law Center, he co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Money & Finance Programs.                                  



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