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



BALLE is modeling a new type of leadership. One that builds and ensures the long-term sustainability for the organization and the individual. The Trio model ensures that our leaders are in distinct and complementary right roles, while operating from consensus to hold the whole, together. In such, each person is responsible for tracking overall organizational strategy, vision and financial sustainability. We are Better Together.




Christine Ageton

Chief Program Officer

Provides oversight and strategic direction for all BALLE leadership and convening programs,...

Christine Ageton

Chief Program Officer

Bellingham, Washington

Provides oversight and strategic direction for all BALLE leadership and convening programs, including Fellows and funders, while also guiding overall organizational strategy.

Christine has extensive experience in national and international non-profit leadership, organizational development, program design, and facilitation. Previously, Christine designed and implemented programs in economic development (Clinton Foundation-Peru, Project Healthy Children -Kenya, Haiti), drinking water protection (New Mexico Rural Water Association), and conservation planning (IDB, World Bank –Belize, Honduras and Guatemala). Christine is also an instructor who has taught international development and conservation leadership  (Conservation International & College of Santa Fe) and guided peer to peer learning for conservation professionals (Kinship Conservation Fellows Program). Christine received her Bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and holds two masters’ degrees from the University of New Mexico, in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies.

Alli Chagi-Starr

Director, Fellowship

Leads recruitment efforts, program implementation, and alumni development initiatives of BALLE'...

Alli Chagi-Starr

Director, Fellowship

Oakland, CA

Leads recruitment efforts, program implementation, and alumni development initiatives of BALLE's Local Economy Fellowship program.

Alli Chagi-Starr is a long-time alliance builder and cultural organizer. Prior to joining BALLE, she founded ArtiVISTA Consulting, where she worked with national community leaders to amplify the impact of campaigns for social and environmental transformation. She served as the regional director of the S.F. Green Festival, and the Grassroots Publicity Manager for Van's Jones' bestselling books, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. Alli supported the launch of the green jobs movement at Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) and at Green For All.  She initiated the Reclaim The Future Program, U.N. World Environment Day’s Social Equity Track and Solution Salon series. She chaired the historic Dream Reborn Conference, served as the Green Business Partnerships Manager and as the Senior Community Engagement Strategist. Alli co-founded Art in Action Youth Leadership Program and United Roots, Oakland's Green Youth Media Center. Alli was a 2009 Full Circle Fund Fellow and received the 2010 One Common Unity award. Alli's most important project to date is raising her three-year old boy.

Pamela Chaloult

Chief Opportunity Officer

Leads efforts to ensure a strong organizational culture, an engaged community of local economy...

Pamela Chaloult

Chief Opportunity Officer

Oakland, California

Leads efforts to ensure a strong organizational culture, an engaged community of local economy leaders and the implementation of BALLE's vibrant strategic direction.

Pamela is an accomplished professional with expertise in executive management, marketing, communications, facilitation, event management and organizational development. She possesses a passion for sustainability and the advancement of women leaders. Previously, Pamela served as Managing Director and COO for Renewal, VP of Renewal2 Investment Fund, Co-Executive Director of Social Venture Network (SVN), Communications & Marketing Director for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and Communications Director for Planned Parenthood. Before joining the nonprofit sector, she led the marketing and advertising efforts for the CBS affiliate KPIX TV & Radio and for a variety of film and entertainment groups in Los Angeles. Pamela is a member of the Women's Executive Network, Association of Women in Finance, and the Women Speakers Association. She is VP of the Board of Hollyhock, where she also Executive Produces the annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) conference. When not in the BALLE office, you can find Pamela racing after her 5 year old daughter at any number of parks across the Bay Area.

Andrew Connor

Program Manager

Coordinates and manages BALLE’s annual conference; creates content for various BALLE...

Andrew Connor

Program Manager

Missoula, Montana

Coordinates and manages BALLE’s annual conference; creates content for various BALLE platforms.

After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in French and International Studies, Andrew spent several years working as a teacher and freelance writer in Japan, Australia and Africa. He has also worked as a newspaper staff writer, covering politics, culture, and the environment. In 2001, Andrew settled in the Pacific Northwest, where he started a live theater and event production company that has produced shows, festivals and events all over the world. Andrew has also served as a trustee, staff member, and executive director of various local arts and community nonprofits.

Anna Ghosh

Director, Communications and Marketing

Facilitates all of the ways that BALLE tells its story and illuminates the success of BALLE's...

Anna Ghosh

Director, Communications and Marketing

Oakland, CA

Facilitates all of the ways that BALLE tells its story and illuminates the success of BALLE's leaders, partners and communities advancing the Local Economy Movement. 

Anna Ghosh has a two-decade track record of leading successful communications and marketing programs and campaigns for some of the most innovative and change-making businesses, non-profits and events. Before joining BALLE, Anna directed food policy and field communications for the public interest nonprofit Food & Water Watch. Before that, she worked with organizations ranging from Slow Food Nation to Solar City; Adobe and Yahoo! to a dotcom that built websites for small businesses. Although her career path has wound through a variety of sectors, her passion for community, doing good in the world, being a communicator and connector has always been her North Star. Anna serves on the board of the San Francisco Mission District-based food education nonprofit 18 Reasons and is active in her daughter’s nature and place-based school, Golden Bridges. She hails from Ohio and Florida, with a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida.

Koy Hardy

Fellowship Associate

Supports Chief Program Officer toward execution of BALLE Local Economy Fellowship and recruitment...

Koy Hardy

Fellowship Associate

Oakland, CA

Supports Chief Program Officer toward execution of BALLE Local Economy Fellowship and recruitment of future cohorts through communications, relationship management, logistics, scheduling, and research.

Koy enjoys connecting people to information, resources and opportunities.  She has practiced this within varying capacities and work models, including contract copywriting for Oakland-based small businesses, three years in financial services, and serving on the board of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs-San Francisco where she was introduced to the language of social entrepreneurship and Localism.  Her appreciation for locally-owned business dates back to her childhood when she listened to her grandmother share stories about her sewing and design business, visited her grandpa’s and uncle's shoe repair business, open for more than 50 years now, and as she hung out in craft booths while her mother sold her handmade backpacks and totes.   Koy holds a BA in Law & Society from University of California, Santa Barbara and nurtures her personal and professional interests as a life-long learner – most recently completing a Music Theory class at The Jazz School in Berkeley.

 

 

Leanne Krueger-Braneky

Senior Director, Strategy & Development

Leads recruitment efforts, program implementation, and alumni development initiatives of BALLE...

Leanne Krueger-Braneky

Senior Director, Strategy & Development

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leads recruitment efforts, program implementation, and alumni development initiatives of BALLE’s Fellowship program and Local Communities of Practice.

Leanne Krueger-Braneky has received national attention for her skills in economic development, program development, and public policy. She has been invited to the White House Business Council on multiple occasions to advise them on the needs of local businesses. She is an enthusiastic fundraiser for causes she believes in, having raised the first $1M in equity as a volunteer to expand her local food coop and over $2.5M to grow her local community business network.  For eight years, Leanne served as the first Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), growing it into a 400+ member business organization working to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. Under her leadership, SBN became a key player in the quest to make Philadelphia the most sustainable city in the country, helping to attract more federal green jobs funding to Philadelphia than any other city in the country by building relationships between diverse stakeholders.  Leanne’s efforts to reshape economic development practices Philadelphia were recognized when SBN was named Regional Economic Development Program of the Year by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in 2011.  Leanne has lived in and worked alongside diverse communities in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New York City and South Africa.  Leanne holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University and a BA from Rutgers University.  She is a current Mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a 2009 Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership Program and a proud BALLE Fellow with the inaugural 2011-2012 Cohort.

Joann Lee

Director of Programs

Leads recruitment and alumni programming as part of BALLE's leadership and convening programs,...

Joann Lee

Director of Programs

Oakland, CA

Leads recruitment and alumni programming as part of BALLE's leadership and convening programs, including Fellowship, Conference and Local Communities of Practice

Joann has worked with businesses, schools and non-profits over the last 10 years to actualize her vision for making our communities better places to live now and for future generations. She serves as the Board President of the Sustainable Business Alliance of the East Bay, a BALLE Localist Champion member. Her roles have spanned from corporate social responsibility strategy and project management for top firms in the financial services industry to founding a nonprofit for children affected by the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. She also published a manuscript entitled, Working Toward Peace: A Holistic Approach to Addressing Youth Violence by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, that discussed the role of faith-based organizations in mitigating risk for youth in Boston, MA. Joann holds a bachelor's degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego and a master's in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University where she studied sustainable Localist business networks as avenues of risk mitigation for small businesses.

Leslie Lindo

Director, Community Engagement

Directs activies that ensures the BALLE community is deeply engaged and that replicable solutions...

Leslie Lindo

Director, Community Engagement

Oakland, CA

Directs activies that ensures the BALLE community is deeply engaged and that replicable solutions and stories are harvested, curated, and spread widely to advance the localist movement.

Leslie has directed the majority of her professional career towards solutions that mitigate the negative impact of the built environment on social networks and the integrity of natural systems.  She became the first Certified Sustainable Building Advisor in the state of Arizona and co-founded Ikoloji Sustainability Collaborative to advance a sustainable society through education and economic development.  After 5 years of training industry professionals in sustainability strategies, Leslie shifted her attention towards work that yields broader community impact.  Before joining BALLE she co-founded Project Rising, an incubator for infill and adaptive reuse projects, to curate place-based businesses that revitalize blighted spaces in urban centers.  Leslie has been dedicated to community engagement through service on boards for several nonprofit organizations, charrette facilitation for neighborhood associations and government agencies, and speaking engagements at industry conferences.  Her efforts have earned honors from groups such as the Rob and Melani Walton ASU Sustainability Solutions Initiative and the Phoenix Business Journal.

Michelle Long

Executive Director

Provides vision, inspires greater participation and investment in economic transformation and BALLE...

Michelle Long

Executive Director

Bellingham, Washington

Provides vision, inspires greater participation and investment in economic transformation and BALLE, and aims to grow the number of businesses and investors who are committed to maximizing well-being for all.

Previously Michelle was the founding executive director of Sustainable Connections, an organization that prompted NPR Marketplace to call Bellingham, WA, the “epicenter of a new economic model.” A regular keynote speaker, she is also the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide. Michelle is an advisor to the Schumacher Center for New Economics, was named one of the West Coast's "top five leading ladies of sustainability" by the Sustainable Industries Journal, and in 2014 was named one of The Purpose Economy 100 for North America.

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Patricia McCarthy

Director, Finance and Administration

Provides daily management for financial and administrative activities include human resources,...

Patricia McCarthy

Director, Finance and Administration

Oakland, CA

Provides daily management for financial and administrative activities include human resources, budgeting, business planning and IT.

Patricia McCarthy is a nonprofit professional passionate about the arts, the environment and grass-roots organizations. After receiving her BFA in Dance and Music from the Juilliard School, she performed across the United States and Europe with numerous dance companies, Mark Morris Dance Group among one of them. After her performance career, Patricia transitioned to arts administration and relished her time as the Executive Director of Dancers’ Group, San Francisco’s primary service organization for the Bay Area dance community with collaborative and innovative programs. Most recently she worked at Sungevity, a residential solar installer, where she was one of the first employees and specialized in regulatory issues and fostered prosperous relationships with utilities on the east coast.

Bryan Ting

Administrative Assistant / Scheduler

Coordinates logistics and schedules for the Leadership Trio so that BALLE's efforts move...

Bryan Ting

Administrative Assistant / Scheduler

San Francisco, CA

Coordinates logistics and schedules for the Leadership Trio so that BALLE's efforts move smoothly towards accomplishing our misson.

Bryan Ting has been coordinating events that bring people together around their passions for 10 years. Before joining BALLE, Bryan worked for the Green Festival directing the volunteer team and on-site staff that made every event possible. He has also worked with the San Francisco Conservation Corps, and Another Planet Entertainment ensuring that their events go off without a hitch. He is native to the San Francisco Bay Area, having lived in a combination of Oakland, Lafayette, and San Francisco. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University.

Sarah Trent

Manager, Communications & Marketing

Manages BALLE’s daily storytelling activities, including the website, social media channels,...

Sarah Trent

Manager, Communications & Marketing

Oakland, CA

Manages BALLE’s daily storytelling activities, including the website, social media channels, newsletters, and overall graphic identity.

Sarah came to Localism through the local food movement, joining BALLE after several years promoting Bay Area farmers’ markets though storytelling, social media, special event planning, and partnership development. With a background in journalism, Sarah found that her favorite stories to tell were deep, personal features about people – especially farmers and entrepreneurs – and places, so when she moved to Oakland from Maine it was an easy transition into marketing for Hostelling International’s Bay Area locations and then Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Sarah is active in the Bay Area local food movement, volunteering with Kitchen Table Advisors (small farm business advising) and Real Food Real Stories (facilitating special events and storytelling around food). She’s also an avid cyclist and is passionate about supporting women’s cycling – she competes on the road and the track, organizes a women’s cycling team, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Velodrome Association.

Katheryn Witt

Development Associate

Supports the Senior Director of Strategy and Development through grant writing, logistics,...

Katheryn Witt

Development Associate

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Supports the Senior Director of Strategy and Development through grant writing, logistics, scheduling, and assisting with BALLE’s communities of practice.

Katheryn joined the Localist movement after a career in political fundraising, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region. While working on campaigns, she was introduced to the work of BALLE. Intrigued with a new way of impacting change, Katheryn completed an internship with BALLE, where she became passionate about the Localist Movement. Katheryn holds degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she took a leading role in bringing community-building events to the City of Richmond. When not working, she enjoys volunteering on campaigns and hiking with her dog.

Jocelyn Wong

Program Associate

Ensures that the administration and implementation of BALLE’s tools and services are well...

Jocelyn Wong

Program Associate

Oakland, CA

Ensures that the administration and implementation of BALLE’s tools and services are well managed and utilized.

Passionate about educating individuals and empowering communities, Jocelyn has spent several years working in higher education, most recently on policy development for racial equity within the California Community Colleges.  Prior to completing a Masters degree in Public Administration, Jocelyn worked as an adviser and administrator for university students in San Francisco.  While not working, she can be found climbing mountains, cycling, and painting in her Oakland home.