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Staff and Board of Directors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/about-the-institute-for-local-self-reliance/staff-and-board/

Staff

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Bobby Bell — Coordinator, DC-MD Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Program

Bobby is the coordinator of the DC-MD Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) composting training program.  He also co-authored ILSR’s Building Healthy Soils with Compost to Protect Watersheds and contributed to various other ILSR articles and reports such as Pay Dirt and Growing Local Fertility.

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Linda Bilsens — Project Manager, Composting for Community Project and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Program

Linda is the Project Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community project and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders community composter training program. Her role is dedicated to fostering a skilled, collaborative network of composters who are regenerating their communities, both socially and ecologically.

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John Farrell — Director, Democratic Energy Initiative

John Farrell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on democratic energy.  John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

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Jen Foy — Development Director

Jen Foy’s primary focus is fundraising for ILSR. Prior to joining ILSR, Jen worked as an independent consultant working with nonprofits to help grow their grant writing, fundraising and outreach programs.

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Lisa Gonzalez — Research Associate, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and how those networks impact life on the local level. Her background includes experience in state politics, law, writing, and freelance journalism.

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Linda Knapp — Director, MACREDO Project

Linda Knapp is a Senior Program Manager for ILSR, overseeing the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials, a recycling market development group funded by US EPA Region 3. Her current work focuses on increasing on-farm composting.

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Olivia LaVecchia — Research Associate, Community-Scaled Economy Initiative

Olivia LaVecchia is a Research Associate with ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative and previously worked as a staff writer at City Pages, the alt-weekly paper of the Twin Cities, where her reporting won recognition locally and nationally, including the 2014 “Media for a Just Society” award for newspaper writing.

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Christopher Mitchell — Director, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Christopher’s work focuses on telecommunications — helping communities ensure the networks upon which they depend, are accountable to the community.  He has published several reports, articles, and interviews while also offering technical assistance to communities around the country.

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Stacy Mitchell — Co-Director & Director, Community-Scaled Economy Initiative

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 curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.

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David Morris — Director, Defending the Public Good Initiative

Dr. David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He directs its initiative on The Public Good.  He has served as an adviser or consultant to local, state and national governments and to private businesses large and small.

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Sarah Pickell — Finance Director

Sarah Pickell is responsible for the fiscal management of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Having spent the previous 16 years with The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Sarah brings over 25 years of financial and administrative expertise to ILSR.

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Brenda Platt — Co-Director & Director, Waste to Wealth Initiative, Director of Composting Makes $en$e Project

Brenda Platt is a recycling expert and composting advocate, and co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). She directs ILSR’s Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects and co-chairs the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative.

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Neil Seldman — Senior Staff, Waste to Wealth Initiative, Director of Recycling-Based Economic Development Program

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in 1974. An economic development planner and former manufacturer, Dr. Seldman specializes in approaches to municipal and commercial solid waste management that emphasize environmental quality and create economic development opportunities for small businesses, community organizations, and other targeted populations.

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Rebecca Toews — Communications Specialist

Rebecca’s experience lies all along the media spectrum. Her communication focus originated in the news field, with more than seven years experience in newsroom settings and professional & university teaching positions.  She has a Masters degree from the Univ. of Oregon and is skilled at communicating complex material to diverse audiences, crafting internal and external communications in corporate and non-profit settings.

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Sorawit Siangjaeo (Pai) — Intern, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative

 

Board of Directors

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Nora Goldstein

Nora Goldstein is the Editor of BioCycle, the magazine and website authority on composting and anaerobic digestion, where she oversees such projects as “www.findacomposter.com” and manages conferences related to composting and zero waste. She received the U.S. Composting Council’s “Hi Kellogg Award” in January 2014, and the American Biogas Council’s “Biogas Visionary Award” in October 2013.

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Jolie Jones

Jolie Jones is the founder of the Take It Back Foundation, which has worked to encourage recycling efforts.  Her varied career spans art, modeling, and music.

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Kirk Marckwald

Kirk Marckwald, the Chairman of the Board, helms California Environmental Associates, a consulting firm that works with a wide range of businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and public institutions to promote conservation. Marckwald has extensive experience with energy and environmental regulation, and prior to founding CEA in 1984, worked as the Under Secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency, and as a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund.

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David Morris

Dr. David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He directs its initiative on The Public Good.  He has served as an adviser or consultant to local, state and national governments and to private businesses large and small.

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Roy Priest

Roy Priest is the Executive Director and CEO of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Alexandria, Va., and additionally, provides consultancy to the Ford Foundation. Priest has worked in community economic development and finance over his 40-year career, and prior to his current positions, served seven years as the President and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, and 17 years with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, including as the Director of the Office of Economic Development.

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Andrew Reicher

Andrew Reicher is Executive Director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, where he started in 1978 and which he has led since 1981. Over his tenure, UHAB’s base of tenant-run and tenant-owned housing cooperatives has grown from several dozen to more than 1,500 in New York City and beyond. He is the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives’ highest honor, the “Jerry Voorhis Award.”

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Gina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer is the Founder & CEO of nine Ace Hardware stores in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. She manages operations for the $20 million company, oversees 210 employees, and chairs the Retail Committee for the Ace Hardware Corporation Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Think Local First D.C., a group focused on transforming D.C.’s economy by strengthening the local business community, Vice Chair of the Board for House of Ruth, and a member of the Advisory Board of Jubilee Jobs.

Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in 1974. An economic development planner and former manufacturer, Dr. Seldman specializes in approaches to municipal and commercial solid waste management that emphasize environmental quality and create economic development opportunities for small businesses, community organizations, and other targeted populations.

 

To reach ILSR staff members not listing an address, send e-mail to info@ilsr.org