Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its 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.
Much of Stacy’s work has focused on two pivotal sectors of the economy: retail and banking. Her research and writing on the advantages of devolving economic power have influenced policy-makers and helped guide grassroots strategies.
Among the first to raise the alarm about the rise of mega-retailers, she is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to counter their power. Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, has appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.”
More recently, she’s produced an influential report about Amazon’s growing power and impact (Amazon’s Stranglehold, with Olivia LaVecchia), and published a paper on Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business, which received an award as part of the annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship
Stacy regularly writes for newspapers and magazines, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Bloomberg Business Week, The Nation, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. She also produces a popular monthly newsletter, The Hometown Advantage Bulletin.
Stacy has led collaborative efforts to build stronger organizing and advocacy networks among local businesses. She serves as an advisor to many small business groups and coordinates the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of national small business organizations. She was also a founding board member of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance.
An engaging speaker, Stacy has been a featured presenter at many national conferences. In October 2012, she gave a provocative and widely discussed TEDx talk on “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.”
In addition to her work at ILSR, Stacy serves on CCC’s Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All Advisory Council and on the board of the New Economy Coalition.
Stacy lives in Portland, Maine.
Reach her on Twitter @stacyfmitchell or by email at smitchell [at] ilsr.org