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Meet BALLE's national board and staff including renowned leaders in the fields of sustainability, social finance and community-based economic development.

Alfa Demmellash

Since 2004, Alfa Demmellash, a native of Ethiopia and graduate of Harvard University, has been the CEO of Rising Tide Capital.  Headquartered on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, the... [Read More]

Eric Henry

Eric is President of TS Designs.  He has been in the screen printing and apparel business for over 30 years. Eric’s duties at TSD range from sales to R&D to marketing. He is the... [Read More]

Ted Howard

Ted is a social entrepreneur and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative and served as the Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice with the Cleveland... [Read More]

James Johnson-Piett

As BALLE Board Vice-Chair, founding Principal and CEO of Urbane Development, James is an evangelist for a new kind of community development that emphasizes community anchor businesses and... [Read More]

Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning, BALLE Board Secretary, is an entrepreneur and economic specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona. Lanning... [Read More]

Dawn McGee

Dawn McGee, BALLE Board Treasurer, is the CEO of Good Works Ventures, LLC a Montana based company that invests in high social impact companies. She is also President of the High Stakes Foundation,... [Read More]

Nikki Silvestri

Nikki Silvestri is the Co-Founder and CEO of Silvestri Strategies, working to support thriving communities, economies, and natural environments. As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive... [Read More]

Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks, BALLE Cofounder and Board Chair Emeritus, is an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement, Judy Wicks is former owner of the White Dog Café, acclaimed... [Read More]

Sandy Wiggins

Sandy Wiggins, BALLE Board Chair, is Principal of Consilience LLC, a national consultancy with a mission to foster environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities. His skillful... [Read More]

Susan Witt

Susan Witt, Susan is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. In 1980 she co-founded the E. F. Schumacher Society, predecessor of the Schumacher Center. She led... [Read More]

Raphael Bemporad

SPECIAL BOARD ADVISOR - Founding Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, BBMG; Raphael is a passionate champion for a new approach to brand innovation that uses sustainability to create shared value. ... [Read More]

Don Shaffer

SPECIAL BOARD ADVISOR - Don Shaffer serves as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance. As leaders in social finance, RSF is transforming the way the world works with money through its innovative... [Read More]