Staff

John Bailey — Development Director

John is the Director of Development and is responsible for coordinating fundraising and related outreach for ILSR.  He was a senior researcher at ILSR from 1992 until 2011, specializing in decentralized energy policy and analysis including topics of renewable energy, climate change, efficiency, tax policy and electric vehicles.

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Linda Bilsens — Project Manager, Composting for Community Initiative and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Program

Linda is the Project Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community project and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders community composter training program. Her role is dedicated to fostering a skilled, collaborative network of composters who are regenerating their communities, both socially and ecologically.

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Hannah Bonestroo — Intern, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Hannah is an intern with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative. She graduated from Macalester College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a concentration in Urban Studies. She utilizes her GIS mapping skills to visually supplement ILSR’s many projects focused on promoting broadband access.

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Marie Donahue — Research Associate, Community-Scaled Economy & Energy Democracy Initiatives

Marie Donahue works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Energy Democracy and Community-Scaled Economy Initiatives. She analyzes and writes about the implications of corporate concentration and monopoly in these sectors.

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Colton Fagundes — Intern, Composting for Community Initiative

Colton Fagundes is an intern with ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative. He was the lead researcher for the Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government report. He has a Masters degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University where he focused on agriculture, food security/sovereignty, and environmental justice. He is also working with the Rural Coalition to publish research analyzing the institutional barriers to federal conservation programs faced by Black farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma. 

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John Farrell — Director, Energy Democracy Initiative

John Farrell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on energy democracy.  John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

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Lisa Gonzalez — Senior Researcher, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and how those networks impact life on the local level. Her background includes experience in state politics, law, writing, and freelance journalism.

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Daniel Hanley — Antitrust Policy Intern, Community-Scaled Economy Initiative

Daniel Hanley is an Antitrust Policy Intern within the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative. At ILSR he provides assistance in the writing and researching of antitrust issues, specifically concerning technology platforms. Daniel is a current 3L at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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Linda Knapp — Director, MACREDO Project

Linda Knapp is a Senior Program Manager for ILSR, overseeing the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials, a recycling market development group funded by US EPA Region 3. Her current work focuses on increasing on-farm composting.

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Olivia LaVecchia — Senior Researcher, Community-Scaled Economy Initiative

Olivia LaVecchia is a senior researcher with ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, where her work focuses on building awareness and support for public policy tools that strengthen locally owned businesses and that check concentrated economic power.

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Maria McCoy — Intern, Energy Democracy Initiative

Maria McCoy is an intern with the energy democracy initiative. A rising senior at St. Olaf College, she plans to finish majors in Latin American studies and environmental studies, where she focuses on economics and policy. As part of the energy democracy initiative, she contributes to blog posts, podcasts, interactive features, and new reports.

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Christopher Mitchell — Director, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Christopher’s work focuses on telecommunications — helping communities ensure the networks upon which they depend, are accountable to the community.  He has published several reports, articles, and interviews while also offering technical assistance to communities around the country.

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Stacy Mitchell — Co-Director & Director, Community-Scaled Economy Initiative

Stacy Mitchell directs ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.

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David Morris — Distinguished Fellow

David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR’s distinguished fellow. He writes the blog, From the Desk of David Morris. He has served as an adviser or consultant to local, state and national governments and to private businesses large and small.

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Jeffrey Neal, PE — Urban & On-Site Compost Consultant, Composting for Community Initiative

Commander, Jeffrey H. Neal is a retired United States Navy Civil Corps Engineer Officer and a graduate of ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) Composter Training Program program. He provides his unique skill-set and expertise in composting, and facilities and program management to organizations and businesses that are considering composting.

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Brenda Platt — Co-Director & Director, Composting for Community Initiative

Brenda Platt is a recycling expert and composting advocate, and co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). She directs ILSR’s Composting for Community project.

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Hannah Rank — Intern, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Hannah Rank is a Public Policy Research Intern for the Community Broadband Networks initiative. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include local economic and social development and wealth equity, as well as local government sustainability work. Hannah enjoys hiking and biking around Minnesota’s countless parks and wilderness areas. She was born and raised in the Twin Cities.

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Neil Seldman — Director, Waste to Wealth Initiative

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. Seldman is a leading recycling and zero waste activists assisting citizen, environmental and small business organizations in stopping garbage incinerators in scores of US cities. Subsequently, he works with these cities to increase recovery of materials from the waste stream and grow the local economy by adding value to materials through local processing, manufacturing and job creation. Prior to founding ILSR Seldman was a manufacturer of consumer products and professor of political science.

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Virginia Streeter — Research Associate, Composting for Community Initiative

Virginia Streeter is a Research Associate for the Composting for Community Project. She produces written reports and articles regarding the world of community composting, provides support on ILSR’s legislative work in composting, and gets to meet and interview lots of amazing people working in the field.

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nickstumolangerNick Stumo-Langer — Communications Manager

Nick Stumo-Langer is the head of communications for all of ILSR’s initiatives. He creates images for many of ILSR’s posts and assists in the marketing of projects including videos, podcasts, reports, and blog posts. A native of White Bear Lake, MN, Nick has a bachelors degree from St. Olaf College. Contact Nick for media inquiries.

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Sidi Traore — Communications Assistant

Sidi Traore is the Communications Assistant for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He is a senior from American University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, which consists of Communications, Law, Economics, and Government with a minor in Accounting. Sidi aspires to be a lawyer in the future and hopes to practice in the areas of human rights, international, and/or immigration. Sidi truly cares about making an impact and substantial difference in individuals’ lives, especially those who are vulnerable and do not have the access to the resources to ameliorate their legal needs.

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Hannah Trostle – Research Associate, Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Hannah Trostle is a Research Associate with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. After graduating Macalester College with a degree in Political Science, she is excited to put her studies to use, working on issues of Internet access in rural communities.

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Board of Directors

NoraGoldsteinNora Goldstein

Nora Goldstein is the Editor of BioCycle, the magazine and website authority on composting and anaerobic digestion, where she oversees such projects as “www.findacomposter.com” and manages conferences related to composting and zero waste. She received the U.S. Composting Council’s “Hi Kellogg Award” in January 2014, and the American Biogas Council’s “Biogas Visionary Award” in October 2013.

JolieJonesJolie Jones

Jolie Jones is the founder of the Take It Back Foundation, which has worked to encourage recycling efforts.  Her varied career spans art, modeling, and music.

Chris-LewisChris Lewis

Christopher Lewis is Vice President for Government Affairs at Public Knowledge and he leads their federal advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. He is a former U.S. Senate Staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over a decade of organizing and campaign experience. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government. He lives in Alexandria, VA where he loves working on local civic issues and is elected to the Alexandria City Public School Board.

Photo: Roberta MacDonaldRoberta MacDonald

Roberta is nearing 40 years of consumer product marketing experience, the last 28 of which she has spent as SVP of Marketing for Cabot Creamery Cooperative. She has helped turn the small, farm family owned dairy cooperative into a national player through creative, award-winning, and occasionally over-the-top campaigns. Roberta previously served as Vermont’s first Marketing Director, a position created for her by Governor Kunin in 1984. She has been recognized with many awards for her design and high-impact public relations programs, including the highest individual award by B Corps. Roberta is a long-time champion of the co-op movement.

KirkMarckwaldKirk Marckwald

Kirk Marckwald, the Chairman of the Board, helms California Environmental Associates, a consulting firm that works with a wide range of businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and public institutions to promote conservation. Marckwald has extensive experience with energy and environmental regulation, and prior to founding CEA in 1984, worked as the Under Secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency, and as a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund.

David MorrisDavid Morris

David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR’s distinguished fellow. He writes the blog, From the Desk of David Morris. He has served as an adviser or consultant to local, state and national governments and to private businesses large and small.

RoyPriestPhotoRoy Priest

Roy Priest is the Executive Director and CEO of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Alexandria, Va., and additionally, provides consultancy to the Ford Foundation. Priest has worked in community economic development and finance over his 40-year career, and prior to his current positions, served seven years as the President and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, and 17 years with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, including as the Director of the Office of Economic Development.

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Andrew Reicher

Andrew Reicher is Executive Director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, where he started in 1978 and which he has led since 1981. Over his tenure, UHAB’s base of tenant-run and tenant-owned housing cooperatives has grown from several dozen to more than 1,500 in New York City and beyond. He is the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives’ highest honor, the “Jerry Voorhis Award.”

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GinaSchaeferGina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer is the Founder & CEO of nine Ace Hardware stores in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. She manages operations for the $20 million company, oversees 210 employees, and chairs the Retail Committee for the Ace Hardware Corporation Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Think Local First D.C., a group focused on transforming D.C.’s economy by strengthening the local business community, Vice Chair of the Board for House of Ruth, and a member of the Advisory Board of Jubilee Jobs.

Neil SeldmanNeil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. Seldman is a leading recycling and zero waste activists assisting citizen, environmental and small business organizations in stopping garbage incinerators in scores of US cities. Subsequently, he works with these cities to increase recovery of materials from the waste stream and grow the local economy by adding value to materials through local processing, manufacturing and job creation. Prior to founding ILSR, Seldman was a manufacturer of consumer products and professor of political science.

 

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