BALLE BOAR​D OF DIRECTORS

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


Leslie Christian

Leslie Christian, BALLE Board Treasurer, has been a leader and innovator in social and environmental investing for more than 20 years. Leslie is currently focused on the development of... [Read More]

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 founding Principal and CEO of Urbane Development, James is an evangelist for a new kind of community development that emphasizes community anchor businesses and institutions as agents of change... [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]

Carmen Rojas

Carmen, the BALLE Development Committee Chair, is the founding CEO of the Workers Lab, an innovation lab for worker justice.  She partners with social movement leaders, philanthropic... [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 founder and principal of Consilience, LLC, a national consultancy with a mission to build environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities.... [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]

Holly Minch

SPECIAL BOARD ADVISOR - Holly has spent her entire career helping do-gooders do better. She launched the LightBox Collaborative to jump-start creative thinking, builds strategic clarity, and spark... [Read More]

Don Shaffer

Don Shaffer, president and CEO, RSF Social Finance, has more than 12 years of senior management experience building social mission companies. Most recently, he served as BALLE's executive... [Read More]