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  1. Vancouver, BC

    Accelerating “Radical Doers” in Vancouver

    Success Stories

  2. Athens, OH

    ACEnet partners with regional microenterprise and development practitioners to create a healthy local economy, allowing opportunity for all residents to start businesses, obtain quality jobs, and connect with other entrepreneurs for mutual benefit.

    Localist Network

  3. Director of Business Development, Good Work Network

    New Orleans, LA

    Adele London builds capacity for small businesses in order to strengthen and sustain New Orleans.

    BALLE Fellows

  4. Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation

    Toronto, ON

    Adil Dhalla leads one of Canada’s most successful accelerator programs, equipping entrepreneurs with the tools to amplify their social impact.

    BALLE Fellows

  5. Co-Founder, CEO, Rising Tide Capital

    Jersey City, NJ

    Alfa Demmellash focuses on economic empowerment as a strategy to achieve peaceful societies.

    BALLE Fellows

  6. Executive Director, LOCO BC

    Vancouver, BC

    Amy Robinson builds community and partnerships to move sustainability deep into businesses.

    BALLE Fellows

  7. Campaign Coordinator, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities

    Santa Ana, CA

    Ana Siria Urzua leverages collaboration and an intergenerational approach to improve health, wellness, and more in Santa Ana’s immigrant, low-income Latino community.

    BALLE Fellows

  8. Chicago, IL

    Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.

    Localist Network

  9. Co-Founder, Executive Director, Propeller

    New Orleans, LA

    Andrea Chen is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans focused on systemic change in areas including food, education, water, and land use.

    BALLE Fellows

  10. Strategic & Community Partnerships Manager, Hoku Nui Mau

    Makawao, HI

    Andrea Dean supports the development of sustainable community food systems, strives to be a karma yogi, and is dedicated to a spiritual path and doing good work in the world.

    BALLE Fellows

  11. Director of Regional Initiatives, Rural Support Partners

    Asheville, NC

    Andrew Crosson is helping to weave collective impact networks across Appalachia to strengthen and support local community anchors and move sustainable economic development efforts to scale.

    BALLE Fellows

  12. Founder & President, Longview Strategies

    Amarillo, TX

    Longview Strategies, represented by Angela Lust, provides management services for transition planning and organizational capacity for non-profits and businesses.

    Local Economy Foundations

  13. Director of Development, BALLE

    Athens, OH

    Angie Hawk builds strong partnerships to improve the economic, educational, and quality of life opportunities for those living in under-served communities.

    BALLE Fellows

  14. Executive VP of Finance & Operations, Hamilton Community Foundation

    Hamilton, Ontario

    Hamilton Community Foundation, represented by Annette Aquin, has moved 20% of donor advised funds to impact investing and is supporting the creation of a community hub.

    Local Economy Foundations

  15. Executive Director, Kitchen Table Advisors

    San Francisco, CA

    Anthony Chang helps sustainable farms become sustainable businesses and fosters cross-sector collaboration with corporations, banks, CDFIs, and value-add food companies to fuel this work.

    BALLE Fellows

  16. Founder, SCALE

    Abingdon, VA

    Anthony Flaccavento fosters bottom up community environmental and economic development as a farmer, advocate, consultant, and author.

    BALLE Fellows

  17. Asheville, NC

    Asheville Grown Business Alliance is a grassroots organization whose mission is to support independently owned businesses in the community, to continue growing a vibrant local economy while preserving the unique character of Asheville and to emphasize the critical importance of thinking locally first when considering the impact of national and global chains.

    Localist Network

  18. Oakland, CA

    APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice, with a focus on Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

    Localist Network

  19. President & CEO, Hutchinson Community Foundation

    Hutchinson, KS

    Hutchinson Community Foundation, represented by Aubrey Abbott Patterson, strives to inspire philanthropy, collaboration, and innovative leadership to strengthen their community.

    Local Economy Foundations

  20. President, Lincoln Community Foundation

    Lincoln, NE

    Lincoln Community Foundation, represented by Barbara Bartle, is partnering with the city of Lincoln to create a mixed-use high-rise building in a low-income community.

    Local Economy Foundations

  21. Laconia, NH

    Belknap EDC is one of ten non-profit regional development corporations in the state of NH, and its primary mission is to promote economic vitality in Belknap County and the greater Lakes Region.

    Localist Network

  22. Principal, Meyer Family Enterprises

    Napa Valley, CA

    Bonny Meyer is dedicated to investments that promote sustainable business practices that benefit people, profit, and planet.

    Local Economy Investors

  23. Buffalo, NY

    A nonprofit founded in 2006 as a coalition of local businesses committed to educating the public about the importance of a strong local economy.

    Localist Network

  24. Kansas City, MO

    The Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy – Kansas City (BASE KC) is a non-partisan community of local businesses and individuals that use our voice, presence and power to play a critical and positive role for creating a better world. We believe that sustainable economic development is compatible with shared prosperity, environmental protection, and social justice.

    Localist Network

  25. Cochrane, AB

    The Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) is a collaborative network of 14 municipalities in the Calgary Region that work together to ensure growth occurs in a sustainable manner.

    Localist Network

  26. Lansing, MI

    Capital Area Local First is committed to growing a sustainable local economy through education of its community about the multiple benefits of locally owned independent businesses and nurturing relationships among locally owned businesses.

    Localist Network

  27. Founder, Velasco Consulting

    Phoenix, AZ

    Carlos Velasco organizes local businesses to advocate for social justice issues and the upward political and economic mobilization of under-served communities in Arizona.

    BALLE Fellows

  28. Founding Investor and Principal, Renewal

    Vancouver, BC

    Carol Newell is a social entrepreneur and philanthropist who works to activate resources for social change.

    Local Economy Investors

  29. Director of Community Impact, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

    Saint Paul, MN

    Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, represented by Carrie Jo Short, share expertise and operations to improve the effectiveness of a network of charitable anchors and affiliates.

    Local Economy Foundations

  30. Executive Director, Los Angeles Thai Community Development Center

    Los Angeles, CA

    Chancee Martorell is transforming economic development and social and economic mobility for Los Angeles’ Thai and ethnic communities through cultural tourism, entrepreneurship training, affordable housing, and much more.

    BALLE Fellows

  31. Montreal, QC

    The Chantier de l’économie sociale is committed to building a plural economy that aims to produce returns for the community and protect the common good, in function of communities' needs and aspirations.

    Localist Network

  32. Charleston, SC

    Charleston Co-working Space Creates Community... and Profits

    Success Stories

  33. Senior Accountant, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

    Charleston, WV

    Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, represented by Christine Spaulding and Michelle Foster, makes thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive.

    Local Economy Foundations

  34. Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation

    Longmont, CO

    Chrystel Cornelius is empowering Native American communities by helping CDFIs to build wealth & economic independence among tribal communities across the U.S.

    BALLE Fellows

  35. Cincinnati, OH

    The Minority Business Accelerator is the flagship economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber focused on growing sizable minority firms.

    Localist Network

  36. Cincinnati, OH

    Cincinnati’s MORTAR Turns Peer Network Support into $600k Raise

    Success Stories

  37. Memphis, TN

    Community L.I.F.T. (Leveraging Investments For Transformation) revitalizes neighborhoods through strategic investments in the areas of human capacity-building and economic and community development that result in sustainable thriving communities.

    Localist Network

  38. Prosperity Labs

    Kansas City, KS

    Crystal German works with communities to develop innovative solutions to support women and people of color as assets for healthy sustainable communities.

    BALLE Fellows

  39. Oakland, CA

    Cutting Edge Capital collaborates with visionary, courageous changemakers to bring new capital to the new economy.

    Localist Network

  40. Executive Director, Social Justice Learning Institute

    Los Angeles, CA

    D'Artagnan Scorza is dedicated to closing disparities in education, health, and the local economy by empowering individuals to utilize their agency and improve each other's lives.

    BALLE Fellows

  41. Madison, WI

    It is Dane Buy Local's mission to create a sustainable, vital local economy through education, collaboration, and promotion as a nonprofit member organization.

    Localist Network

  42. Board Member, Consumer Health Foundation

    Washington, D.C.

    Consumer Health Foundation, represented by Dave Zuckerman, is committed to building a region and a nation in which everyone has an equal opportunity to live a healthy and dignified life.

    Local Economy Foundations

  43. CEO; President, Good Works Ventures; High Stakes Foundation

    Missoula, MT

    Dawn McGee invests in high social impact companies and supports visionaries who are creating a sustainable future for Montana.

    Board

  44. Founding Partner, Boston Impact Initiative

    Boston, MA

    Deborah Frieze partners with businesses and organizations to create systemic shifts in opportunities through place based impact investing.

    Local Economy Investors

  45. Executive Director, NYC Kids RISE

    New York, NY

    Debra-Ellen builds institutions and systems to expand economic opportunities with and for working families and neighborhoods.

    BALLE Fellows

  46. Co-Founder & Managing Director, Mortar

    Cincinnati, OH

    Derrick Braziel is cultivating entrepreneurship – with a focus on the Black community – in a city historically ranked as one of the worst in the nation for African American economic opportunity.

    BALLE Fellows

  47. Director of RADIUS Ventures, RADIUS

    Vancouver, BC

    Donovan Woollard helps social entrepreneurs discover and align their passion, work, and business models to create radical and sustainable businesses.

    BALLE Fellows

  48. Albuquerque, NM

    Downtown, Hometown: Relationships Revitalize Albuquerque

    Success Stories

  49. President, Local First West Michigan

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Elissa Hillary works at the leading edge of values-based capitalism, building sustainable local economies that put people first.

    BALLE Fellows

  50. President & CEO, Polk County Community Foundation

    Tryon, NC

    Polk County Community Foundation, represented by Elizabeth Nager, has moved 10% to place-based impact investing and is finding ways to creatively deploy assets.

    Local Economy Foundations

  51. CEO, Community Allies

    Chicago, IL

    Ellen Shepard helps communities build wealth and resilience through community engagement and thriving commercial districts with a joyful sense of place.

    BALLE Fellows

  52. Principal, Founder, Fast Forward Consulting

    Albuquerque, NM

    Eric Griego leverages research and advocacy to build social collateral to promote policy change and healthy local economic development in under-invested communities.

    BALLE Fellows

  53. Executive Director, Riley Area Development Corporation

    Indianapolis, IN

    Eric Strickland leads development, construction, and operation of mixed-use properties that provide affordable housing and business incubation and serve as catalysts for further local investment.

    BALLE Fellows

  54. Executive Director, East Bay Sustainable Business Alliance

    Oakland, CA

    Erin Kilmer-Neel advocates for democratizing ownership using local business and local investment as tools for change.

    BALLE Fellows

  55. CEO, Cienega Capital

    Berkeley, CA

    Esther Park uses an integrated capital approach towards systemic change in soil health, regenerative agriculture, and local food systems.

    Local Economy Investors

  56. Brooklyn, NY

    Etsy.org is an independent 501(c)(3) launched by Etsy.com with a mission is to develop transformational business education programs that enable us all to work in ways that regenerate our lives, our enterprises, and our communities.

    Partners

  57. Founder, Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)

    Stone Mountain, GA

    Euneika Rogers-Sipp collaborates internationally in the design and planning of local living agricultural economies.

    BALLE Fellows

  58. Detroit, MI

    FoodLab is a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality.

    Localist Network

  59. Newark, NJ

    Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance (Forward Ever) is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates and amplifies the collective impact of independent, locally-owned businesses.

    Localist Network

  60. Bellingham, WA

    Fostering Community Collaboration & Energy Resilience in Bellingham, WA

    Success Stories

  61. Guilford, CT

    GoodStreets is an online community of local businesses along the Connecticut shoreline that work harder to meet the needs of their customers, in person and online.

    Localist Network

  62. Executive Director, LAUNCH

    Chattanooga, TN

    Hal Bowling connects traditional business and economic development circles with tools to empower entrepreneurs in marginalized communities and address racial and economic injustice.

    BALLE Fellows

  63. Executive Director, Washington Area Community Investment Fund

    Washington, D.C.

    Harold Pettigrew empowers under-served communities and addresses financial security for small businesses by providing technical assistance and access to capital.

    BALLE Fellows

  64. Boone, NC

    High Country Local First is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen our community and local economy by supporting locally owned, independent businesses and farmers through education, promotion and networking.

    Localist Network

  65. Oakland, CA

    ICA Fund Good Jobs educates, accelerates, and invests in high-growth small businesses in order to create accessible good jobs that lead to equitable communities for all.

    Localist Network

  66. Washington, DC

    Impact Hub DC is a coworking & events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

    Localist Network

  67. CEO, Communities Unlimited

    Fayetteville, AR

    Ines Polonius leverages her organization’s CDFI to build entrepreneurial ecosystems among local leaders and move rural and under-resourced communities across seven southern states toward prosperity.

    BALLE Fellows

  68. Executive Director, Lowcountry Local First

    Charleston, SC

    Jamee Haley works to level the playing field for local independent businesses and farmers in order to create a more equitable and prosperous community.

    BALLE Fellows

  69. Principal, CEO, Urbane Development

    New York, NY

    James Johnson-Piett catalyzes wealth generation in under-served markets throughout North America through investment in neighborhood small businesses and community anchor institutions.

    BALLE Fellows

  70. Executive Director, Social Enterprise Fund

    Edmonton, AB

    The Social Enterprise Fund, represented by Jane Bisbee, invests in launching and expanding social enterprises in Edmonton.

    Local Economy Foundations

  71. Associate Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

    Minneapolis, MN

    Jay Bad Heart Bull brings ideas and creates opportunities for communities of color to thrive in a new economy.

    BALLE Fellows

  72. Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center

    Cleveland, OH

    Jenice Contreras helps Northeast Ohio's Latino community create viable businesses and focuses on redeveloping neighborhoods in ways that ensure economic opportunity for existing residents.

    BALLE Fellows

  73. CFO / CAO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    Buffalo, NY

    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, represented by Jerry Reger, is working to create a separate fund to facilitate impact investing in their community.

    Local Economy Foundations

  74. Former Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit

    Somerville, MA

    Jess Daniel has built and now studies social networks, entrepreneurship, and sustainable food systems.

    BALLE Fellows

  75. Senior Vice President of Strategy & Community Investments, Rhode Island Foundation

    Providence, RI

    Rhode Island Foundation, represented by Jessica David, is working on intentional impact investing and strategy.

    Local Economy Foundations

  76. Executive Director, ASSETS Lancaster

    Lancaster, PA

    Jessica King fosters social equity and sustainability by supporting under-represented entrepreneurs and triple-bottom-line businesses.

    BALLE Fellows

  77. Executive Director, Emerging ChangeMakers Network

    Mobile, AL

    Jessica Norwood is re-shaping how capital flows in African American communities, building wealth through community investment and entrepreneurship.

    BALLE Fellows

  78. Independent Consultant

    Edmonton, AB

    Jessie Radies advocates for local food and independent business as levers for community development and long-term prosperity.

    BALLE Fellows

  79. President; Co-Founder, Renewal Funds

    Vancouver, BC

    Joel Solomon focuses on impact investing that is committed to socially responsible growth and is a leading voice for the impact investing movement.

    Local Economy Investors

  80. Director of Equity & Strategic Partnerships, City of Oakland Mayor's Office

    Oakland, CA

    José Corona uses local government as a vehicle to foster equitable opportunities to benefit the people of Oakland.

    BALLE Fellows

  81. Author; Cofounder, BALLE

    Philadelphia, PA

    Board

  82. Chief of Civic Wellbeing, City Manager’s Office, City of Santa Monica

    Santa Monica, CA

    Julie Rusk is leading City of Santa Monica innovation and responsive policy through creation of a wellbeing index, working collaboratively to improve outcomes for all people, and developing new partnerships and approaches for civic engagement.

    BALLE Fellows

  83. Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank

    Oakland, CA

    Kat Taylor focuses on beneficial banking services and sustainable food systems.

    Local Economy Investors

  84. Former President, Initiative Foundation

    Little Falls, MN

    Initiative Foundation, represented by Kathy Gaalswyk, is working to move more of their traditional investments to place-based impact investing.

    Local Economy Foundations

  85. CEO, Incourage Community Foundation

    Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Incourage Community Foundation, represented by Kelly Ryan, is committed to going 100% place-based impact investing through innovative opportunities.

    Local Economy Foundations

  86. London, KY

    Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a community of people, inspired by a Vision, building New Power and a better future for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy.

    Localist Network

  87. Executive Director, Local First Arizona

    Phoenix, AZ

    Kimber Lanning leads diverse programs that create equitable economic opportunities across Arizona, including a Spanish language micro-business accelerator that helps the unbanked access capital.

    BALLE Fellows

  88. Founder, Forward Ever Business Alliance

    Newark, NJ

    Kimberlee Williams consults business, government, and philanthropists on the business rules to profitably engage and authentically connect to the new ethnic majority populations in America.

    BALLE Fellows

  89. Director, Nia Community Fund

    Oakland, CA

    Kristin Hull is a conscious investor who helped move a foundation’s assets to 100% mission-aligned.

    Local Economy Investors

  90. State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 161st Legislative District

    Philadelphia, PA

    Leanne Krueger-Braneky works through politics to level the playing field for small, locally-owned businesses, protect basic human rights, and ensure that schools prepare young people to thrive in a changing economy.

    BALLE Fellows

  91. Executive Director, Footprint Foundation

    Chattanooga, TN

    Footprint Foundation, represented by Lisa Flint, fosters meaningful and inclusive connections to place.

    Local Economy Foundations

  92. Bloomington, IN

    Local First Bloomington is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting locally owned, independent business. Our group educates the public, facilitates collaboration and engages in outreach in order to create a more economically and environmentally sustainable local community, while preserving its unique local character.

    Localist Network

  93. Ithaca, NY

    Local First Ithaca brings people, businesses, and organizations together to create a successful local economy that uses resources, experience, and inclusiveness to create a thriving and livable community.

    Localist Network

  94. Durango, CO

    Local First is a not-for-profit organization comprising 200 locally owned, independent businesses and organizations in La Plata County. We support locally owned, independent businesses through marketing programs, events, and promotion—driving customers to “Think Local First”!

    Localist Network

  95. Santa Rosa, CA

    Local Works and Share Exchange promote the positive well-being of Sonoma County's employees, suppliers, customers, creditors, the community and the environment.

    Localist Network

  96. Founder & Owner, Manitoba Green Retrofit

    Winnipeg, MB

    Lucas Stewart supports Manitobans who struggle finding jobs – especially people of Aboriginal descent and women in trades – through workforce development, social enterprise support, and investing in infrastructure for community development projects.

    BALLE Fellows

  97. Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

    Detroit, MI

    Malik Yakini fosters food justice and food sovereignty in Detroit's African American Community.

    BALLE Fellows

  98. President & CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

    Poughkeepsie, NY

    Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, represented by March Gallagher, strengthens their community and provides leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive, and lasting.

    Local Economy Foundations

  99. Principal, Good Works Ventures

    Missoula, MT

    Mary Stranahan focuses on triple bottom line investments, leadership, rural economic development, and environmental policy issues.

    Local Economy Investors

  100. Trustee & Vice Chair, Investments Committee, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

    Richmond, VA

    Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, represented by Matt Illian, fosters an equitable and healthy Richmond region.

    Local Economy Foundations

  101. Director of Community Investments & Impact, Mountain BizWorks

    Asheville, NC

    Matt Raker works at the intersection of economy and environment, growing small businesses and the ecosystem for sustainable industries in western North Carolina.

    BALLE Fellows

  102. Executive Director, Etsy.org

    New York, NY

    Matt Stinchcomb infuses the principles of well-being and compassion into business through a new entrepreneur training program that aims to catalyze thriving, place-based, regenerative economies.

    BALLE Fellows

  103. President & CEO, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

    Charleston, WV

    Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, represented by Michelle Foster and Christine Spaulding, makes thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive.

    Local Economy Foundations

  104. Former Executive Director, Mile High Business Alliance

    Denver, CO

    Mickki Langston organized local business owners to build a more locally focused and stable economy that didn't sacrifice people or the planet for the sake of profit.

    BALLE Fellows

  105. Keene, NH

    Monadnock Buy Local is a regional network of citizens, businesses and organizations that promotes the positive economic and community benefits of spending dollars locally, while supporting programs and policies that forward a local, green and fair economy.

    Localist Network

  106. Berea, KY

    The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) partners with local people to create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live.

    Localist Network

  107. Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

    Atlanta, GA

    Nathaniel Smith fosters an ecosystem of funders, anchor institutions, government, and others to shift perceptions and policy toward a more equitable economy for vulnerable communities of color.

    BALLE Fellows

  108. Albuquerque, NM

    The Green Chamber of Commerce Chapters in New Mexico create new opportunities for business by advocating for the strengthening local economies, seizing the green business advantage, and renewable energy.

    Localist Network

  109. Executive Director, Regenesis Group

    Santa Fe, NM

    Nicholas Mang is a community organizer and educator focused on holistic, cross-sector strategies for regenerating local economies.

    Local Economy Investors

  110. CEO, Silvestri Strategies

    Oakland, CA

    Nikki Silvestri builds and strengthens social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development.

    BALLE Fellows

  111. Board Member, Local First Arkansas

    Little Rock, AR

    Pat Riley supports local first initiatives in Arkansas.

    Local Economy Investors

  112. Executive Director, Humboldt Area Foundation

    Bayside, CA

    Humboldt Area Foundation, represented by Patrick Cleary, promotes and encourages generosity, leadership, and inclusion to strengthen their communities.

    Local Economy Foundations

  113. Deputy Vice President of Programs & Director of Economic Opportunity, The Denver Foundation

    Denver, CO

    The Denver Foundation, represented by Patrick Horvath, inspire peoples and mobilizes resources to strengthen their community.

    Local Economy Foundations

  114. Vice President of Finance and Administration, Baltimore Community Foundation

    Baltimore, MD

    Baltimore Community Foundation, represented by Patti Chandler, organizes grants, initiatives, and advocacy around a vision of a growing Baltimore economy where all have the opportunity to thrive.

    Local Economy Foundations

  115. Executive Vice President, John R. Oishei Foundation

    Buffalo, NY

    John R. Oishei Foundation, represented by Paul Hogan, enhances the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara Region through grantmaking, leadership, and network building.

    Local Economy Foundations

  116. Vice Chaird, Amarillo Area Foundation

    Amarillo, TX

    Amarillo Area Foundation, represented by Puff Niegos, is working to convene partners for the formation of a local CDFI.

    Local Economy Foundations

  117. Buffalo, NY

    The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities and to advance economic justice in Buffalo.

    Localist Network

  118. Founding President, CEO, Latino Economic Development Center

    Minneapolis, MN

    Ramón León catalyzes economic and community development in Minneapolis' Latino community.

    BALLE Fellows

  119. President, New Dawn Enterprises

    Sydney, NS

    Rankin MacSween drives community self-reliance in Nova Scotia’s poorest region, raising capital for and supporting social enterprises – including affordable housing and an occupational college – that both serve and employ residents.

    BALLE Fellows

  120. Newburgh, NY

    Re>Think Local is a nonprofit collaborative of locally owned independent businesses, artists, farmers, and nonprofits working to co-create a better Hudson Valley: vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted and human scale, with equal concern for people, planet, and prosperity.

    Localist Network

  121. Calgary, AB

    REAP is a not-for-profit association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment.

    Localist Network

  122. Founder & CEO, Invested Impact

    Baltimore, MD

    Rodney Foxworth is driving equitable economic development in Baltimore by leveraging philanthropic capital to identify, fund, and empower under-represented entrepreneurs.

    BALLE Fellows

  123. President, Globetrotter Foundation

    Paicines, CA

    Sallie Calhoun uses philanthropy and investment capital to create change in agriculture and communities by empowering women.

    Local Economy Investors

  124. Senior Advisor, RSF Social Finance

    Washington, DC

    Board

  125. Founding Director, Accelerating Appalachia

    Louisville, KY

    Sara Day Evans grows nature-based businesses for good in Appalachia.

    BALLE Fellows

  126. Chief Program Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation

    Little Rock, AR

    Arkansas Community Foundation, represented by Sarah Kinser, engages people, connects resources, and inspires solutions to build community.

    Local Economy Foundations

  127. Philadelphia , PA

    SBN Philadelphia envisions a future where businesses are investors in the quality of life for all citizens. We challenge and support the business community to build profitable enterprises that serve community needs, share wealth, and protect the environment.

    Localist Network

  128. Vice President, Southwest Initiative Foundation

    Hutchinson, MN

    Southwest Initiative Foundation, represented by Scott Marquardt, facilitates opportunities for economic and social growth by developing and challenging leaders to build on the region's assets.

    Local Economy Foundations

  129. Ohio State Director, Trust for Public Land

    Cleveland, OH

    Shanelle Smith leads energy efficiency efforts in Cleveland & Cuyahoga County by attracting investment, creating jobs, offering business support, and creating career paths in clean energy for communities of color.

    BALLE Fellows

  130. Pikeville, KY

    SOAR’s mission is to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation, and identity, improve the quality of life, and support all those working to achieve these goals in Appalachian Kentucky.

    Localist Network

  131. Mobile, AL

    Shifting Capital: Building Interconnection and Assets in the Black Belt

    Success Stories

  132. CEO, FirstBank Southwest

    Amarillo, TX

    Amarillo Area Foundation is working to convene partners for the formation of a local CDFI. FirstBank Southwest, represented by Smith Ellis, is a partner in this effort.

    Local Economy Foundations

  133. Providence, RI

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive.

    Localist Network

  134. CEO, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

    Truckee, CA

    Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, represented by Stacy Caldwell, is working to use impact investing to create affordable housing.

    Local Economy Foundations

  135. Founder, Mutual Aid Network

    Madison, WI

    Stephanie Rearick brings her background in time bank development to building a new community model for leveraging peoples’ purpose, resources, and interest in mutual aid to better their community.

    BALLE Fellows

  136. Deputy Director, West Virginia Community Development Hub

    Charleston, WV

    Stephanie Tyree helps communities across West Virginia lead their own sustainable community development projects by providing tools and training to remove barriers, access decision-makers, and develop leaders.

    BALLE Fellows

  137. Columbus, OH

    Save Our Local Economy (SOLE) is a network of locally minded independent businesses, citizens, and organizations working to promote vibrant communities and neighborhoods in central Ohio.

    Localist Network

  138. Executive Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

    Great Barrington, MA

    Board

  139. Oakland, CA

    SBA is a business association committed to building a vibrant community of locally-owned, sustainably-minded businesses in the East Bay.

    Localist Network

  140. Missoula, MT

    The Sustainable Business Council envisions a prosperous, collaborative community that fulfills the promise of the triple bottom line: a healthy society, economy, and environment.

    Localist Network

  141. Cambridge, MA

    The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has a mission to build a Massachusetts economy that is local, green and fair.

    Localist Network

  142. Ottawa, ON

    Sustainable Eastern Ontario is a network organization that fosters partnerships and collaborations on sustainability activities throughout Eastern Ontario.

    Localist Network

  143. Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative

    Washington, DC

    Board

  144. President, LOCUS Impact Investing

    Richmond, VA

    LOCUS, represented by Teri Lovelace, empowers place-focused foundations to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities.

    Local Economy Foundations

  145. Victoriaville, QC

    Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged.

    Localist Network

  146. Jersey City, NJ

    Since it was founded, Rising Tide Capital participants have seen 64 percent increase in sales, a 47 percent increase in income, and their use of public-assistance programs has dropped from 27 percent to 12 percent.

    Success Stories

  147. Talent, OR

    THRIVE helps create a more prosperous and sustainable Rogue Valley economy.

    Localist Network

  148. Boise, ID

    Think Boise First keeps the spirit of independent Boise/Garden City alive by promoting local businesses and raising awareness for the value they bring to the fabric of our community.

    Localist Network

  149. Ann Arbor, MI

    Think Local First's mission is to support and cultivate locally-owned, independent businesses in Washtenaw County, Michigan that are committed to making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to live.

    Localist Network

  150. Washington, DC

    Think Local First DC envisions an interconnected community of locally-owned businesses who drive sustainable economic development in Washington DC.

    Localist Network

  151. President, Eclipse Awards

    Vancouver, BC

    Toby Barazzuol cultivates resilient communities and social change by focusing on recognition, appreciation, and celebrating the human spirit.

    BALLE Fellows

  152. Co-Manager, Bondi Foundation

    New York, NY

    Tom Bible supports the regeneration of local communities by empowering them to find solutions from within.

    Local Economy Investors

  153. Greensboro, NC

    Triad Local First is a non-profit membership organization based in Greensboro, North Carolina, with over 260 members - retail shops, real estate agents, insurance brokers, marketing and advertising firms, accountants, dentists, restaurants, farmers, breweries, and more.

    Localist Network

  154. Huntington, WV

    Unlimited Future Inc. (UFI) is a business incubator and resource center for the Tri-State that provides critical support services and education that entrepreneurs need to be successful.

    Localist Network

  155. Burlington, VT

    Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental.

    Localist Network

  156. Principal Consultant, Owner, Prospera Partners

    Santa Fe, NM

    Vicki Pozzebon designs local economy networks, systems, and strategic plans that put communities first.

    BALLE Fellows

  157. VP of Community Engagement, Duquesne University

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Bill Generett connects entrepreneurs in under-resourced Pittsburgh communities to that city’s growing technology and innovation economy.

    BALLE Fellows

  158. Willits, CA

    The Willits Chamber of Commerce brings together business, industry and local government to achieve the common goals of enhancing the economic health and quality of life of our town.

    Localist Network

  159. President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation

    Washington, D.C.

    Yanique Redwood brings together funders from across the Washington, D.C., region to leverage resources and expertise to advance health equity, community wealth, and more, especially among low-income communities of color.

    BALLE Fellows

Local Economy Leaders

BALLE supports a unique community of Localists who are challenging the status quo and leading the way to a new economy that works for all. From our newest cohort of Local Economy Fellows to the champions who have been inspiring us for years, discover how these leaders are transforming their local economies from the ground up. Read more about a few of our highlighted leaders below or view the full network.

BALLE Fellows

These leaders catalyze, connect, and strengthen community entrepreneurs and build the local ecosystem that supports their success.

Investors Circle

These integrated capital investors are exploring how to use grants, loans, investments and community building to create healthy, equitable local economies.

Foundation Circle

These foundation leaders are pioneering place-based mission investing to complement their community giving and community missions.

Partners

Systems change requires collaborations on many fronts. BALLE works in partnership with a number of organizations and funders who are integral in helping us advance localism and create healthy and equitable local economies all across North America. These partner organizations also offer support and resources that may be able to support the programs and enterprises you are building in your community.

Success Stories

Discover how to act local first from others who are coming together to build stronger communities?

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