Governing Board

David Korten

President, Bainbridge Island, Washington. David is also board chair of YES! Magazine, a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, and a member of the Club of Rome. David is also the author of numerous books, including Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World.

Puanani Burgess

Vice President, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii. Puanani is also on the board of YES! Magazine and is a community building facilitator, trainer, and consultant in Hawai'i, the U.S., and the Pacific. She is also a poet, cultural translator and has been a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of Hawai'i, a Weinberg Fellow, and the Myles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. She is noted for her experience in community, family, and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.

Roberto Vargas

Secretary, Ventura, California. Roberto is principle consultant for New World Associates and founder of the Provida Council. He has a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and brings together indigenous wisdom and contemporary knowledge on leadership and organizational development to tailor consultations for organizations wanting to optimize their ability to serve community and improve the world. He is the author of Family Activism: Empowering Your Community, Beginning with Family and Friends

Frances Moore Lappé

Treasurer, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Frankie is co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and the Small Planet Institute, the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet, and a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them. Her other well-known books include Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want, Hope's Edge, Democracy's Edge, and You have the Power

Harry Pickens

Member, Louisville, Kentucky. Harry A pianist, composer, teacher and organizational consultant, Pickens has worked as a classroom teacher on elementary, middle, high school and collegiate levels, as well as an organizational consultant, blending many interests and talents into a multi-faceted career devoted to teaching and sharing. As a jazz pianist, he has performed in 17 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Japan, collaborating with many stellar names in the jazz world such as Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Milt Jackson of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Harry uses his music as an entry to his community activism. His current passion is developing a youth leadership program for his local school district that will use music and the arts to help kids become aware of what it means to be a leader and that real happiness is found in service.