Learn more about the work of local economy leaders across North America. Explore below to find organizations, business networks, funders and individuals in your state.


Emerging ChangeMakers Network 
Jessica Norwood, Executive Director
Mobile, AL


Crystal German, Independent Consultant
Bentonville, AR

Communities Unlimited 
Ines Polonius, CEO
Fayetteville, AR

Local First Arkansas 
Pat Riley, Board Member
Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Community Foundation 
Sarah Kinser, Chief Program Officer
Little Rock, AR


Velasco Consulting 
Carlos Velasco, Founder
Phoenix, AZ

Local First Arizona 
Kimber Lanning, Executive Director
Phoenix, AZ


Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) 
Oakland, CA

Beneficial State Bank 
Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Oakland, CA

Cienega Capital 
Esther Park, CEO
Berkeley, CA

City of Oakland Mayor’s Office 
Jose Corona, Director of Equity & Strategic Partnerships
Oakland, CA

Community & Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica 
Julie Rusk, Assistant Director
Santa Monica, CA

Concerned Capital 
Tomas Duran, President
Los Angeles, CA

Cutting Edge Capital 
Oakland, CA

East Bay Sustainable Business Alliance 
Erin Kilmer-Neel, Executive Director
Oakland, CA

Globetrotter Foundation 
Sallie Calhoun, President
Paicines, CA

ICA Fund Good Jobs 
Oakland, CA

Humboldt Area Foundation 
Patrick Cleary, Executive Director
Bayside, CA

Kitchen Table Advisors 
Anthony Chang, Executive Director
San Francisco, CA

Local Works/Share Exchange 
Santa Rosa, CA

Los Angeles Thai Community Development Center 
Chanchanit Martorell, Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA

Mandela MarketPlace
Mariela Cedeno, Director of Social Entrepreneurship
Oakland, CA

Meyer Family Enterprises 
Bonny Meyer, Principal
Napa Valley, CA

Nia Community Fund 
Kristin Hull, Director
Oakland, CA

Office of Community and Economic Development – CSU Fresno
Ismael D. Herrera, Jr., Interim Executive Director
Kerman, CA

Project Equity 
Hilary Abell, Co-Founder
Oakland, CA

RSF Social Finance 
Don Shaffer, President and CEO
San Francisco, CA

Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities 
Ana Siria Urzua, Campaign Coordinator
Santa Ana, CA

Silvestri Strategies 
Nikki Silvestri, CEO
Oakland, CA

Social Justice Learning Institute 
D’Artagnan Scorza, Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA

Sonoma Grain Collaborative
Mai Ngyuen, Farmer
Petaluma, CA

Swift Foundation 
Sonja Swift, Trustee
San Francisco, CA

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 
Stacy Caldwell, CEO
Truckee, CA

Willits Chamber of Commerce 
Willits, CA


Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley
Mike Roque, Executive Director/ Adobe Consulting
Alamosa, CO

First Nations Oweesta Corporation 
Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director
Longmont, CO

Local First La Plata 
Durango, CO

Mile High Business Alliance
Mickki Langston, Former Executive Director
Denver, CO

The Denver Foundation 
Patrick Horvath, Deputy Vice President of Programs & Director of Economic Opportunity
Denver, CO


Guilford, CT

District of Columbia

Consumer Health Foundation 
Yanique Redwood, President & CEO
Washington, D.C.

Impact Hub DC 
Washington, DC

RSF Social Finance 
Sandy Wiggins, Senior Advisor
Washington, DC

The Democracy Collaborative 
Ted Howard, Executive Director
Washington, DC

Think Local First DC 
Washington, DC

Washington Area Community Investment Fund 
Harold Pettigrew, Executive Director
Washington, D.C.


Partnership for Southern Equity 
Nathaniel Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer
Atlanta, GA

Southern SARE
Brennan Washington, 1890 Land Grant Liaison and Limited-Resource/Minority Farmer Outreach Specialist + Farmer
Lawrenceville, GA

Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF) 
Euneika Rogers-Sipp, Founder, Former Chief Regenerative Officer
Stone Mountain, GA


Sustainable Initiatives Hawaii 
Andrea Dean, Founder
Hawi, HI


Think Boise First 
Boise, ID


Andersonville Chamber of Commerce 
Chicago, IL

Community Allies 
Ellen Shepard, CEO
Chicago, IL


Local First Bloomington 
Bloomington, IN

Riley Area Development Corporation 
Eric Strickland, Executive Director
Indianapolis, IN


Hutchinson Community Foundation 
Aubrey Abbott Patterson, President & CEO
Hutchinson, KS


Accelerating Appalachia 
Sara Day Evans, Founding Director
Louisville, KY

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth 
London, KY

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) 
Berea, KY

Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) 
Pikeville, KY


Good Work Network 
Adele London, Director of Business Development
New Orleans, LA

Andrea Chen, Co-Founder, Executive Director
New Orleans, LA


Cooperative Development Institute
Jonah Furtig-Burd, Director of Cooperative Food Systems
West Durham, ME


Boston Impact Initiative 
Deborah Frieze, Founding Partner
Boston, MA

Center for Economy Democracy 
Aaron Tanaka, Co-Founder, Director
Boston, MA

FoodLab Detroit 
Jess Daniel, Former Executive Director
Somerville, MA

The Gleanery
Ismail Samad, Co-Founder
Martha’s Vinyard, MA

Schumacher Center for a New Economics 
Susan Witt, Executive Director
Great Barrington, MA

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts 
Cambridge, MA

Wellspring Cooperative Corporation
Emily Kawano, Co-Director
Springfield, MA


Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) 
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Community Foundation
Erika Seth Davies, Acting Chief of Staff
Baltimore, MD

Invested Impact 
Rodney Foxworth, Founder & CEO
Baltimore, MD

The Democracy Collaborative 
Steve Dubb, Special Projects Director
Takoma Park, MD


Capital Area Local First 
Lansing, MI

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network 
Malik Yakini, Executive Director
Detroit, MI

FoodLab Detroit 
Detroit, MI

Local First West Michigan 
Elissa Hillary, President
Grand Rapids, MI

Think Local First – Washtenaw 
Ann Arbor, MI


Initiative Foundation 
Kathy Gaalswyk, Former President
Little Falls, MN

Institute for a Sustainable Future
Jamie Harvie, Executive Director
Duluth, MN

Latino Economic Development Center 
Ramon Leon, Founding President, CEO
Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 
Jay Bad Heart Bull, Associate Director
Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance
Pamela Standing, Project Director
Detroit Lakes, MN

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners 
Carrie Jo Short, Director of Community Impact
Saint Paul, MN

Southwest Initiative Foundation
Scott Marquardt, Vice President
Hutchinson, MN

Springboard for the Arts
Laura Zabel, Executive Director
St. Paul, MN



Cooperation Jackson 
Kali Akuno, Co-Director
Jackson, MS

Higher Purpose Co.
Tim Lampkin, CEO
Clarksdale, MS

Tougaloo College Farm Aid
Otis Wright, Director
Jackson, MS


Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy – Kansas City (BASE KC) 
Kansas City, MO

Hope Nation
Stephanie Gutierrez, Co-Founder
St. Louis, MO


Good Works Ventures
Mary Stranahan, Principal
Missoula, MT

Good Works Ventures; High Stakes Foundation 
Dawn McGee, CEO; President
Missoula, MT

Red Ants Pants Foundation
Sarah Calhoun, Founder and Executive Director
White Sulphur Springs, MT

Sustainable Business Council 
Missoula, MT


Center for Rural Affairs
Brian Depew, Executive Director
Lyons, NE

Lincoln Community Foundation 
Barbara Bartle, President
Lincoln, NE

New Hampshire

Belknap Economic Development Council 
Laconia, NH

Monadnock Buy Local 
Keene, NH

New Jersey

Forward Ever Business Alliance 
Kimberlee Williams, Founder
Newark, NJ

Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance 
Newark, NJ

Rising Tide Capital 
Alfa Demmellash, Co-Founder, CEO
Jersey City, NJ

New Mexico

Fast Forward Consulting 
Eric Griego, Principal, Founder
Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce 
Albuquerque, NM

Prospera Partners
Vicki Pozzebon, Principal Consultant, Owner
Santa Fe, NM

Regenesis Group
Nicholas Mang, Executive Director
Santa Fe, NM

Quiviria Coalition
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Executive Director
Santa Fe, NM

New York

Bondi Foundation 
Tom Bible, Co-Manager
New York, NY

Buffalo First 
Buffalo, NY

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 
Jerry Reger, CFO / CAO
Buffalo, NY

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley 
March Gallagher, President & CEO
Poughkeepsie, NY

Cooperation Buffalo 
Harper S.E. Bishop, Founder
Buffalo, NY

Good Work Institute
Matthew Stinchcomb, Executive Director
Brooklyn, NY

John R. Oishei Foundation 
Paul Hogan, Executive Vice President
Buffalo, NY

Local First Ithaca 
Ithaca, NY

MIT Community Innovators Lab 
Yorman Nunez, Program Manager
New York, NY

Debra-Ellen Glickstein, Executive Director
New York, NY

PUSH Buffalo 
Buffalo, NY

Re>Think Local 
Newburgh, NY

Surdna Foundation 
Shawn Escoffery, Director, Strong Local Economies Program
New York, NY

The Working World 
Brendan Martin, Founder & Director
New York, NY

Urbane Development 
James Johnson-Piett, Principal, CEO
New York, NY

North Carolina

Asheville Grown Business Alliance 
Asheville, NC

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship / LOCUS lmpact Investing
Deborah Markley, Ph.D., Co-Director / Sr. Vice President
Chapel Hill, NC

Croatan Institute 
Durham, NC

High Country Local First 
Boone, NC

Mountain BizWorks 
Matthew Raker, Director of Community Investments & Impact
Asheville, NC

Polk County Community Foundation 
Elizabeth Nager, President & CEO
Tryon, NC

Rural Support Partners 
Andrew Crosson, Director of Regional Initiatives
Asheville, NC

Triad Local First 
Greensboro, NC

North Dakota

North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
Lori Capouch, Rural Development Services Director
Mandan, ND


Athens, OH

Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative 
Kristen Barker, Founding Member & President
Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator 
Cincinnati, OH

Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability 
Shanelle Smith, Deputy Director
Cleveland, OH

Derrick Braziel, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Cincinnatti, OH

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center 
Jenice Contreras, Executive Director
Cleveland, OH

Support Our Local Community (SOLE) 
Columbus, OH


Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN)
Veronica Hix, Executive Director
Tulsa, OK


The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE) 
Talent, OR


ASSETS Lancaster 
Jessica King, Executive Director
Lancaster, PA

Judy Wicks, Author; Cofounder
Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 161st Legislative District 
Leanne Krueger-Braneky, State Representative
Philadelphia, PA

SBN Philadelphia 
Philadelphia , PA

Urban Innovation21 
William Generett, President & CEO
Pittsburgh, PA

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Foundation 
Jessica David, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Community Investments
Providence, RI

Social Enterprise Greenhouse 
Providence, RI

South Carolina

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Jennie Stephens, Ph.D., Executive Director
Charleston, SD

Lowcountry Local First 
Jamee Haley, Executive Director
Charleston, SC

South Dakota

Dakota Resources
Joseph Bartmann, Vice President of Community Innovation
Renner, SD


Community LIFT in Memphis 
Memphis, TN

Footprint Foundation 
Lisa Flint, Executive Director
Chattanooga, TN

Highlander Research and Education Center 
Elandria Williams, Co-Coordinator
New Market, TN

Hal Bowling, Executive Director
Chattanooga, TN


Amarillo Area Foundation
Puff Niegos, Vice Chair
Amarillo, TX

FirstBank Southwest 
Smith Ellis, CEO
Amarillo, TX

Longview Strategies 
Angela Lust, Founder & President
Amarillo, TX


Anthony Flaccavento, Founder
Abingdon, VA

Virginia Community Capital 
Teri Lovelace, Chief Impact Officer & Senior Vice President of Community Investments & Impact
Richmond, VA


Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 
Burlington, VT


Go Local Tacoma 
Tacoma, WA

Main Street Alliance 
Amanda Ballantyne, National Director
Seattle, WA

Seattle Good Business Network 
Christine Hanna, Founder, Co-Director
Seattle, WA

Spokane Tribe of Indians
Maria Cullooyah, Tribal Planning & Economic Development Planning Manager
Wellpinit, WA

Sustainable Connections 
Derek Long, Executive Director
Bellingham, WA

Sustainable South Sound 
Olympia, WA

Viva Farms 
Sarita Role Schaffer, Former Director
Mount Vernon, WA

Whatcom Community Foundation 
Mauri Ingram, President & CEO
Bellingham, WA


Dane Buy Local 
Madison, WI

Incourage Community Foundation 
Kelly Ryan, CEO
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Mutual Aid Network 
Stephanie Rearick, Founder
Madison, WI

West Virginia

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation 
Christine Spaulding, Senior Accountant
Charleston, WV

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation 
Michelle Foster, President & CEO
Charleston, WV

Unlimited Future, Inc. 
Huntington, WV

West Virginia Community Development Hub
Stephanie Tyree, Deputy Director
Charleston, WV


Aki Energy Inc.
Kate Taylor, Co-Founder, Director of Development
Winnipeg, MB

Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) 
Cochrane, AB

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network 
Victoriaville, QC

Centre for Social Innovation 
Adil Dhalla, Executive Director
Toronto, CA

Chantier L’Economie 
Montreal, QC

Eclipse Awards 
Toby Barazzuol, President
Vancouver, BC

Hamilton Community Foundation 
Annette Aquin, Executive VP of Finance & Operations
Hamilton, Ontario

Amy Robinson, Executive Director
Vancouver, BC

Manitoba Green Retrofit 
Lucas Stewart, Founder & Owner
Winnipeg, MB

New Dawn Enterprises 
Rankin MacSween, President
Sydney, NS

Nisga’a Lisims Government
Bert Mercer, Manager for Economic Development
Gitlaxt’aamiks, BC

Donovan Woollard, Director of RADIUS Ventures
Vancouver, BC

Renewal Funds  
Carol Newell, Founding Investor and Principal
Vancouver, BC

Renewal Funds 
Joel Solomon, President; Co-Founder
Vancouver, BC

Respect for the Earth and All People (REAP) 
Calgary, AB

Social Enterprise Fund 
Jane Bisbee, Executive Director
Edmonton, AB

Sustainable Eastern Ontario 
Ottawa, ON

Young Agrarians c/o FarmFolk
Sara Dent, Program Manager
Vancouver, BC