Nwamaka Agbo

Nwamaka is excited to bring over 10 years of experience in working on social and economic justice issues and campaigns that help support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving and prosperous communities as the Innovation Fellow for the Movement Strategy Center. 

As the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts, Nwamaka was responsible for leading Target Cities – a pilot program designed to support 11 innovative neighborhoods in 9 cities across North America in applying the EcoDistricts Global Protocol to help accelerate and achieve their district-scale sustainability goals. 

As the Director of Programs at Transform Finance, Nwamaka helped to design and launch the inaugural Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice leaders.  The Institute was created to educate and train social justice community leaders about how to best leverage impact investments to deepen their social impact for transformative social change. Nwamaka worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for over six years in a range of positions spanning from Policy Director, to Campaign Director and Deputy Director. During her tenure at the Ella Baker Center, Nwamaka helped to support the launch of the Oakland Green Jobs Corp and later went on to develop the organization’s Oakland-based Soul of the City civic engagement campaign.

She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to Oakland Rising Action and a Board Member of People’s Grocery.  Nwamaka is also honored to support the work of Roots of Success as an Advisory Board Member and Wellstone Action as a Trainer. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master’s of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University.

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown.  He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.  In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets (now Credo).  In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Cooperative Bank, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Redefining Progress, Greenpeace International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-SoldierThe People’s LandWho Owns the Sky? and Capitalism 3.0.  His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, the Utne Reader, Yes! and elsewhere.  In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in northern California.  


Mary Berry

Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. A well-known advocate for the preservation of rural culture and agriculture, she is currently working to reconnect cities with landscapes around them. Founded in 2011, The Berry Center advocates for small farmers, land conservation, and healthy regional economies by focusing on land use, farm policy, farmer education, urban education about farming, and local food infrastructure. Its goal is to establish within the Commonwealth of Kentucky a national model of urban-rural connectedness. 

Berry is attempting to restore a culture that has been lost in rural America. She continues the advocacy of her grandfather, father, and uncle for land-conserving communities. When President Obama appointed her to Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency State Board, she took on a public role in an effort to change policy. 

For 32 years she farmed for a living— first as a dairy farmer, then raising tobacco, and later raising organic vegetables as well as pastured poultry and beef. From 2002 until 2011 she catered events at her winery. 

She serves on the Board of United Citizens Bank in New Castle, Kentucky, and on the Board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She writes for the periodical Edible Louisville and speaks widely as a proponent of small farmers. 

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years.  She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict.  

She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign in 1992.  She has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire,” and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn's “The People Speak.”

Jodie is the board chair of Women's Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.  She is the mother of three.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an organic farmer, young farmers advocate, publisher and organizer based in Downeast Maine.

Since 2008 Severine has served as director of the grassroots young farmers cultural organization Greenhorns which produces a literary journal for working agrarians called the New Farmers Almanac.Greenhorns produce many kinds of publications, media, events and exhibits including a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a series of web-documentaries called www.OURLAND.tv, and a film festival called UP UP Farm! Greenhorns will soon open their 8,000 volume library for agrarian scholars.

Since 2013 Severine has served as a founding board president of Agrarian Trust— an innovative national land-access advocacy organization working in the framework of the commons to raise the issue of land succession, support incoming and outgoing agrarians as well as other decisions makers on the land, and to build a national cooperatively owned farmland commons. Agrarian Trust hosts a series of national Symposia called OUR LAND. 

She serves on the board of Schumacher Center for New Economics, the Advisory board of Savanna Institute, and as founding board secretary for Farm Hack (an open-source online and in-person community platform for farm-tools, software and hardware for sustainable farms) and it's sister organization National Young Farmers Coalition. She attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology.

Severine travels and speaks nationally and internationally on land access, food sovereignty, and the needs and vision of the incoming generation of farmers and ranchers. She is currently at work on a book about Land Reform.

Hildegarde Hannum

Hildegarde received a Ph.D. in German language and literature from Harvard, with a dissertation about the concept of the will in the early work of Thomas Mann. After teaching German language and literature at Hayward State University, UC Berkeley, and Connecticut College, she turned to a career as free-lance translator with her husband. She built her career as a translator from German to English with translations including works by Erich Fromm, Arno Gruen, Hans Jonas, and Alice Miller. A board member since 1982, Hildegarde 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 also edited People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures (Yale University Press, 1997).

Brooke Lehman

Brooke is a life-long activist with 15 years of radical program design and teaching experience. Brooke has been teaching and designing programs for the Institute for Social Ecology since 2000. The programs she designs are 9-14 day intensives focused on radical politics, strategic visioning, direct democracy, climate justice, alternatives to capitalism, organizational development, and radical pedagogy. She is on the board of The Yansa Foundation, an energy justice organization that has been working in Oaxaca, Mexico to create the first indigenous-owned utility scale wind farm. Brooke is an organizational transformation consultant and offers workshops on meditation, yoga, leadership, facilitation, communication, democratic decision making, and organizational development.

Dan Levinson

Since graduating Brown University in 1982 and Stanford Business School in 1988, Dan has been in the private equity business, founding Main Street Resources in 1998. These 25+ years of running private equity firms, funds and transactions have given Dan a strong economic foundation and firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions and opportunities.

Over the last five years he has evolved his firm and his personal interests into a platform for local action, impact investment and entrepreneurial philanthropy, working closely as a facilitating venture partner with many businesses, investors, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses in transition and development, including Green Village Initiative, Schumacher Center for New Economics, The Center for Non-Profit Excellence, and Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Dan believes enlightening our economic system is the key to addressing our core social, economic and environmental challenges -and that the best way to achieve this is through experimenting and modeling local/tangible impact enterprises and projects. For his efforts Dan has received the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist award and many others.

Read news coverage about Dan Levinson and social enterprise.

Anne MacDonald

Anne MacDonald is a business executive and marketer.  She has been the Chief Marketing Officer at four different Fortune 100 Companies over the past 30+ years.  Those companies were global in nature spanning the financial services, retail, insurance, and consumer products industries.   She built common brands, consistency of image and values, launched products, built organizations and grew businesses across borders and cultures.   Anne’s early career saw a decade in the advertising industry, where she became one of the first female board members at the privately held NW Ayer.  Anne’s study of philosophy at Boston College coupled with a Masters in Business from Bath University in England, directed her path to the marketing field.

Anne’s professional experiences honed her skills to assess human needs, develop solutions and operationalize them.  She does this with a high degree of sensitivity to finding the common ground and human truths across backgrounds, and cultures.

The past couple of years have seen Anne reduce her globe trotting, allowing more time to devote to the issues that have always been important to her.  She is working with two non-profits to restructure their business models to generate a sustainable source of income for their missions, thereby reducing their reliance on donations.   Anne believes strongly that the more a non-profit is self-reliant the more effective their teaching and assistance will be.

Anne has built her professional and personal life observing problems closely, looking beyond the obvious and providing pathways for people to solve their problems.  She believes an approach of developing solutions, adapting for locale combined with dynamic testing will provide the solutions for our environment, local communities and economy. 

Anne has served on several public company and advisory boards.  She splits her time between Twin Lakes in Connecticut and New York City. 

Jerry Mander

Jerry Mander is the founder, former director, and presently distinguished fellow of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco “think tank” focused since 1994 on exposing the negative impacts of economic globalization, and the need for economic transitions toward sustainable local economies. He was also, until recently, program director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.  IFG has been widely credited as the principal organizer of the immense protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, 1999, closing down the Doha round.

Mander was trained as an economist in the 1950s (Columbia University), but his early career was as president of a major commercial ad agency, Freeman, Mander & Gossage, and then as founder of the country’s first nonprofit ad agency in 1971, Public Media Center, which ran advertising and publicity campaigns for Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and various indigenous and antiwar groups. These campaigns included the celebrated Sierra Club campaigns (with David Brower) that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established a Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport (SST).

Mander’s most recent book (2012) is The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. Prior books include international best-sellers Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, and In the Absence of the Sacred, both critiques of the growing negative power of technological systems.  Other books include The Case Against the Global Economy (with Edward Goldsmith), Alternatives to Economic Globalization (with John Cavanagh), Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization (with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz) and The Superferry Chronicles (with Koohan Paik.) 

Mander has been called “the patriarch of the anti-globalization movement” (New York Times, 2007).  He was cited among “The 100 Leading Visionaries of the 20th century” by Resurgence Magazine.

Kate Poole

Kate Poole is a leader of Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial, economic and climate injustices. Regenerative Finance is framing investments as reparations, moving investors to shift both capital and power to radically-inclusive, non-extractive, community-controlled funds. Kate is also a member-leader of Resource Generation, working with the Philadelphia chapter to redistribute land, wealth and power. 
Kate started her work in the new economy field at the Schumacher Center of New Economics, and went on to work with author Michael Shuman creating accessible, concrete resources for folks developing and growing their own local economies. Kate continues to organize and invest in her local economy in Philly. In addition to radical investing and investor organizing, Kate creates comics and zines about Buddhist economics, Jewish economics, racial justice and wealth redistribution, and the intersection of economic and spiritual practice. Her comics have been published in Jewish Currents, Tikkun Daily, Jewschool, and Not Your Mother's Meatloaf.

Matt Stinchcomb

Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director at Etsy.org - a nonprofit organization building entrepreneurial education programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. This is an extension of Etsy.com's mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. 

Prior to founding Etsy.org, Matt was the longest-serving Etsy employee with titles that include VP of Community; VP of Communications; VP of Marketing; European Director; VP of Values & Impact; and the CEO of Etsy Ireland. From the earliest days of Etsy, Matt's focus has been to give people the means and desire to minimize harm and maximize benefit for people and the planet. He firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for personal, ecological, and cultural transformation.

Prior to his time at Etsy, he was an indie rock musician and a screenprinter. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Benedikta and young sons, Francis and Lewellyn.

Read Matt's E. F. Schumacher Lecture.

Gordon Thorne

Gordon Thorne is a visual artist. He is the Director of Available Potential Enterprises (A.P.E.) which he founded in 1977 and the Open Field Foundation (OFF), created in 1996 to purchase and renovate Bramble Hill Farm. A.P.E. and OFF have at their core the shared mission of providing accessible and affordable space in the center of community for the imagination to create the images and the dreams which will become our sustainable future.
Listen to Gordon Thorne's talk: "Community Arts Trust."

Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Making sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and plausible futures. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects to support short-term artworks: a studio space, a barter network, and Trade School. From 2008-2013, Woolard was also supported by unemployment benefits, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and funding from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund.

Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School, and a member of Trade School and the Pedagogy Group. Woolard’s research includes: the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the relationship between art and property in New York City, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed in June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. By 2018, Woolard hopes to establish a community land trust in New York City with community organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to lifelong commoning