Woody Tasch, founder and chairman, pioneered the integration of asset management and philanthropic purpose in the 1990s as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. For ten years, through 2008, Tasch was chairman of Investors' Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, and social purpose funds and foundations that has invested $150 million in 230 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds, since 1992. Woody is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green).
Michael Bartner, vice president, was the associate director of Investors' Circle from 2002 to 2008. Michael previously worked with the Carter Center's Global Development Initiative, SustainAbility in London, and Park Pride in Atlanta, where he taught urban gardening to underprivileged children. Michael has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Political Science from Emory University and the London School of Economics. He has an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Jake Bornstein, senior associate, worked as part of a small inner team of investment associates at the $130 billion hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, building out a systematic picture of the financial world, refining Bridgewater’s trading strategies and providing strategic advice to large institutional investors. Increasingly convinced of the need to change both the financial and socio-ecological systems, Jake embarked on a research journey across organic farms, forest gardens, eco-villages and transition towns, culminating in a permaculture design certificate from the Permaculture Institute of Italy. Prior to his career at Bridgewater, Jake graduated A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of public policy, with thesis work focused on the viability of microfinance in the United States, and a minor in continental philosophy.
Meghan French, director of development, worked in the major gifts department at Environmental Defense Fund from 2008 to 2013. Prior to her time at EDF, Meghan worked in the development department at Boulder County AIDS Project and as an English teacher in an economic free-trade zone in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meghan has a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado. She obtained her M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, where she studied the intersection of business and sustainability, focusing on how to use business as a catalyst to further environmental and social justice goals.
Jean Weiss, director of content and media relations, came to Slow Money following six years as editor-in-chief of the natural lifestyle magazine Delicious Living, where she leveraged content to launch multiple brand extensions, including a custom publishing division, a Web portal and an e-newsletter. Prior to her work in the sustainable lifestyle industry, Jean was the vice president of content for the online site GearGoddess, the senior features editor for Outside magazine’s Women Outside, and the senior editor for Women’s Sports and Fitness. Jean studied cultural trends as an anthro-journalist for market research companies and produced content for several projects featuring partnerships among media, nonprofits and corporations. For many years she contributed regularly to Microsoft’s MSN.com Green and Health and Fitness channels, which reached 125 million viewers each month. Jean’s parents both were raised on small, family-owned farms in southern Illinois, where she spent childhood summers collecting chicken eggs, canning fruit and sometimes helping in the fields.
Leslie Barclay, board, spent a good deal of her childhood on a family farm in Millbrook, NY. Her love of land began there and has continued to be the main focus of her life. As the founding chair of the Duchess Land Conservancy in 1985, she became increasingly involved in the national land trust movement and served on the board of the Land Trust Alliance for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Rutgers, currently live at Round the Bend Farm on the south coast of Massachusetts. They are deeply committed to the restoration of farmland and the production of natural, pastured raised meats and organic vegetables for local consumption.
Eliot Coleman, board, has over 40 years’ experience as an organic farmer, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), Four Season Harvest (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and The Winter Harvest Handbook (Chelsea Green, 2009). He has contributed chapters to three scientific books on organic agriculture and has written extensively on the subject since 1975. As a commercial market gardener, director of agricultural research projects, and teacher and lecturer on organic farming, he has studied and practiced all aspects of organic growing. He served for two years as Executive Director of IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and was an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture during their landmark study, Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming. Eliot presently owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden (winter greenhouse crops and summer field crops) in Harborside, Maine.
Janie Hoffman, board, is the Founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, an organic chia based food and beverage company and the category innovator of the first-to-market chia seed beverage. In addition to being a founding member of Slow Money, the company is a Certified B Corporation and a member of 1% for the Planet, through which the company supports farmers, community groups and organizations that are building healthy, local food systems. Janie and her husband, Lance, enjoy growing Hass avocados and pineapple guavas on their small farm in rural San Diego. Janie was honored with BevNET’s 2012 “Person of the Year” award.
Gary Nabhan, board, has been called the father of the local food movement. A MacArthur Fellow, Gary co-manages Sabores Sin Fronteras Foodways Alliances and the borderland food system program at the University of Arizona. He raises heritage grains and heirloom fruits on two farms in rural Arizona and has been involved in a three-year effort with Western Ranchers to value the ecosystem services of working landscapes. His 26 books have won numerous awards.