Susan R. Holmberg is Senior Editor and Researcher on the Independent Business team. She manages the program research and publications and writes on corporate power, small businesses, and inequality.
Holmberg co-authored, with ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell, the ground-breaking essay “Why the Left Should Ally With Small Business” — about how progressives could build an alliance of labor and small businesses to win the fight against corporate power, and how this could transform the political map and develop much stronger support in rural states.
In addition to shaping all of the Independent Business team’s reports on corporate concentration and empowering small businesses, Holmberg was the lead editor on the ILSR-wide resource Fighting Monopoly Power: How States and Cities Can Beat Back Corporate Control and Build Thriving Communities. The guide offers an in-depth look at a crucial sector — agriculture, retail, energy, waste, etc. — describing exactly how corporate control has risen and manifested in the sector and its consequences for economic justice, racial equity, climate, and communities. Each chapter also describes numerous specific actions and policies that states and cities can take to reduce concentration and corporate control, and build viable, community-responsive alternatives, highlighting real world examples, not theoretical ideas.
Alongside her Independent Business colleagues, Holmberg also published the report Rebuilding Small Business for a Robust Recovery, a federal policy agenda for the Biden administration.
Prior to ILSR, Holmberg was Research Director and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she co-authored the book The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy. She also wrote, with Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, the book Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy
Holmberg has been published in the New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, The Nation, Grist, and Democracy Journal.
She also holds a Ph.D. in economics from UMass, Amherst.