BALLE STAFF

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

Michelle Long

Executive Director
Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. She was our first co-director, then transitioned to serve on the BALLE board starting in 2003 and later returned as executive director in Fall 2009.... [Read More]

Christine Ageton

Senior Director, Fellowship & Alumni
Leads BALLE’s services that connect pioneering leaders, including oversight of BALLE's Fellowship program; other focus areas includemonitoring and evaluation and strategy development.... [Read More]

Pamela Chaloult

Chief Operating Officer
Works collaboratively with the Executive Director to implement strategic direction inclusive of staff development, outcomes-based metrics and infrastructure. Pamela is an accomplished professional... [Read More]

Andrew Connor

Program Manager
Coordinates and manages BALLE’s annual conference; provides writing support across the organization. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in French and International... [Read More]

Mikel Davila

Associate, Spreading Solutions
Responsible for dissemination of BALLE’s spreading solutions programs, including coordination of webinars and email marketing, website and database management, member and participant... [Read More]

Jill Epner

Director, Community Engagement
Directs marketing and communication strategy including messaging, newsletters, press and media, website, social media, and all tools used to actively engage the BALLE community.   Jill... [Read More]

Koy Hardy

Fellowship Associate
Supports Senior Director and Director of Fellowship and Alumni toward execution of BALLE Local Economy Fellowship and recruitment of future cohorts through communications, relationship management,... [Read More]

Jan Jongkol

Executive Assistant
Administrative support for Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Directors Jan brings to BALLE over 8 years of administrative support and management in facilitating business... [Read More]

Leanne Krueger-Braneky

Director, Fellowship & Alumni
Leads recruitment efforts, program implementation, and alumni development initiatives of BALLE’s Fellowship program and Local Communities of Practice. Leanne Krueger-Braneky has received... [Read More]

Patricia McCarthy

Director of Finance and Administration
Is BALLE’s hands-on manager for financial and operational activities that include human resources, general administration, budgeting, business planning and IT. Patricia McCarthy is a nonprofit... [Read More]

Susan Miller

Senior Advisor, Business Development
Leads BALLE’s strategic relationship and partnership initiatives, develops strategies and business models for effectively spreading local economy innovation to BALLE’s growing audience,... [Read More]

Zac Taylor

Development Associate
Supports philanthropic and program development activities for BALLE and implements stewardship strategies for donors and investors. Zac holds a BA in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and a Masters of... [Read More]