RSF Biographies

 

WYN CARTER ACHENBAUM
Wyn Carter Achenbaum, M.B.A.; Late-blooming grandchild of 3 Georgists. Websites: wealthandwant.com, thesingletax.com and whatwouldjesustax.com; blog: LVTfan.typepad.com.
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GREGG ERICKSON

After service at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, Erickson took an appointment in 1972 as a research fellow with Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C., think-tank, and later joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee.

Gregg returned to Alaska in 1976 to become the Alaska Legislature’s first director of research. In 1984 he joined the office of Alaska’s governor, where he served as senior economist. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill he was tapped to lead the state’s oil spill impact assessment and restoration efforts.

In 1991, Gregg opened his economic consulting firm, Erickson & Associates. In the same year he co-founded the Alaska Budget Report, a newsletter with which he remains associated.

Erickson maintains his economic consulting practice, and frequently testifies as an expert in state and federal courts (see www.EricksonEconomics.com). He is the co-author of Mining and Public Policy in Alaska, the editor of two other books on economic issues, and the author or co-author of more than 160 articles, papers and monographs on Alaska economics, public finance and fiscal policy issues. He has a longstanding interest in the history and economics of resource based basic income grants. He is the author or co-author of three chapters in the Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, March 2012).

Erickson joined the RSF board in 2000, and served three terms as the foundation’s treasurer. He currently serves on the RSF investment committee and chairs the board of trustees of the RSF employee pension fund. He can be reached reached at [email protected]

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DAVID GIESEN
I live in an upwardly mobile land value region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Though I am a private party who stands to benefit immensely from the rising community-generated value of land, I write, teach and advocate for the socialization of those land values, believing that such a socialization (and its corollaries) would effect a measurable increase in the economic vitality and psychic health of society, and that that would pay huge dividends to myself and community.

I found my way to georgist social thought through the fortuitous reading of Henry George’s Progress & Poverty while in high school. The sufficient and complex justice expressed in that volume fit wholly with my religious training, as well as with my spiritual experience of nature. Later, at university, the writings of Henry David Thoreau were illuminated by my seeing in them a representation of the perfection of nature expressed by equality of species access to habitat resulting in adaptive diversity.

In short, I come to my place of service in the georgist community from a sensuously emotional place: a commitment to cultural and genome diversity as the process of life evolution. In my vocation as a grade school teacher, and in my avocation as a playwright, I seek to convey my marvel for the individual person’s life expression. I believe that individual expression is in its most productive social medium under the terms of a georgist social construct.


Quisia D. Gonzalez, M.D.

After training as a medical doctor at the Universidade de Pernambuco in Brazil, Quisia Gonzalez returned to her native Honduras, where she practiced medicine for three years until she moved to the US in 1989. She has worked extensively in the field of education, including adult basic education and literacy, as well as parenting and HIV counseling. In addition, she has been active in the Proyecto de los Trabajadores Latinoamericanos, advocating for fair wages and immigration reform.

Quisia taught at the Henry George School in New York for over 11 years and served on the school’s board for 5 years. Her personal experience in Latin America inspired her interest in Henry George and her commitment to Georgist principles. She is a fervent activist for economic justice and human rights.

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J. TED GWARTNEY, M.A.I.

Ted Gwartney, has been associated with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation since 1970. He served as the Executive Director of the Foundation from 1996 to 2000.

Ted Gwartney retired as the Assessor of Greenwich, Connecticut in 2012. Formerly he was the City Assessor of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Southfield, Michigan; Hartford, Connecticut; and the Deputy County Assessor of Sacramento, California. From 1975 until 1986 he organized and was the Assessment Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Assessment Authority. He implemented the annual Province-wide revaluation of the 1,500,000 land parcels currently valued at over one half trillion dollars ($500,000,000,000).

Ted Gwartney is the President, of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology; holds a MAI Professional Designation, from the Appraisal Institute; and is Vice-President, of the Council of Georgist Organizations.

Ted Gwartney has written articles on “Methods of Land Appraisal;” “Land Rent Assessment;” “Reducing Sprawl;” and “Public Finance.” He was a Professor, in the Department of Law, on Real Estate Appraisal, at Baruch College, New York.

In retirement, Mr. Gwartney makes fee appraisals of land and commercial property and consults with Governments on finance and legal cases.

Mr. Gwartney lives in Anaheim, California. His email address is [email protected]
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GILBERT HERMAN 
Gilbert Herman earned a BA degree from CCNY, New York and worked in the information technology field for over 25 years. In addition to his service on the RSF Board he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Henry George School of Social Science (New York) as Secretary and on the Board of Directors of the Henry George Institute.  He has been a long time correspondence teacher for the Henry George Institute.
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Gilbert “Gib” Halverson 

Gilbert “Gib” Halverson earned an MA in Public Administration from UW-Madison. His MA project was on LVT. He read Progress and Poverty after college upon the recommendation of a professor. He is an avid reader of history, the classics, economic theory, and paths to spiritual enlightenment.

He worked 24 years as a professional firefighter in Madison, WI. He had many roles within the fire department but was always dismayed at being called to the neighborhood and homes of the very poor, asking, as Henry George did: why does poverty remain in the face of general progress?

Halverson has been a Georgist since 1980 and is the treasurer of CommonGround USA. He advocates LVT wherever and whenever he can.

Halverson served in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger Infantryman when younger. He was more shocked by the extreme poverty of the Vietnamese than he was by the hardships of war. He served on the National Board of Directors of Vietnam Veterans of America in the late 1980s and served as part of a delegation to Vietnam promoting projects of reconciliation, and obtaining information on Amerasian children and MIAs.

In retirement Halverson is taking a more active role in Georgist activities, public speaking, reading, veterans’ affairs, investing, and the study of economics.

He and his wife Kate (retired nurse clinician psychologist, and writer) live in Madison, WI.

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CAY HEHNER, Ph.D.
Cay Hehner teaches Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at the New York Institute of Technology.  He is on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation since 2009, in advisory capacity since 2007.  He has been working as Director of Education at the Henry George School of Social Science, New York, from 2004 to 2012, where he was an instructor under George Collins in the 1990s. Upon recommendation of Bruce Oatman he was hired as director.

Hehner holds a Master’s degree in Economics with a thesis on the Economic Essays of David Hume and a Ph. D. in Philosophy (History of Ideas) on the Ideological Origin of the Holocaust and the Intellectual Resistance against the Nazis.  He worked as a radio journalist, producing, among others, an eye-witness program on the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, and in the decade following shows on Henry George, Fritz Lang, and Bernard Shaw. He also hosted interviews with conductor Kurt Masur, writers Paul Auster, Harold Brodkey, Paul Theroux, David Baldacci, wildlife-expert Leonard Lee Rue, and produced shows on treasure hunting and underwater archeology for the Discovery Channel and similar outlets.

He has been practicing and teaching the martial art of Aikido under Tamura Shihan and Yamada Shihan for many years. Following his father Claus Hehner, a gold-medal winning yachtsman and single-handed sailor, he has crossed the Atlanticdouble-handed twice in a 35 ft. sloop and sailed the Round Britain Race as the then youngest competitor in 1974, racing against Francis Chichester and Robin Knox-Johnson. He ran English language schools in various countries, and was  Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at the Technical University of Berlin in 2003/2004.

In speech, action, and writing he has been promoting the Georgist agenda for decades, lately on Conversations with Harold Channer (Manhattan Neighborhood Network), the Talk Show with James Chlatek (Manhattan cable), the Talk Show of Jim Wrathall, (PBS West Coast) and the Joey Reynolds Show (N.Y.C. Radio).  Cay Hehner has been living and working in New York City since the early 1990s.  He can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]
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ERICH JACOBY-HAWKINS
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins holds the portfolio of National Revenue & Ecological Fiscal Reform in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada. Erich earned his Baccalaureate studying Computer Science and Anthropology at the University of Waterloo in their pioneering co-operative education program, working 2 years with finance corporations and the City of Toronto. Erich then taught English overseas, where he learned how to quickly & clearly explain complex concepts to all audiences.

Since settling in Barrie, Ontario in 1999, Erich has been studying issues relating to market economics, tax reform, and corporate social responsibility with a special focus on how to maintain and improve profit and prosperity in a globalized economy facing growing constraints on energy, materials, and emissions. Erich presents to local groups on economic and environmental topics between federal elections, and during elections is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Barrie.


BRENDAN HENNIGAN
Brendan Hennigan writes:  “I first became acquainted with the writings of Henry George through taking a political philosophy course being offered at Dominican University College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I was attracted to Henry George’s natural right social philosophy concerning the Land Question and his insistence that ordinary people can understand the fundamentals of political economy. This motivated me to write my master degree thesis on “Justice and Property in Land: Comparison of Henry George’s Economic Theory of Justice With the Catholic Church Social Teachings. I am a PhD candidate at Dominican University College in Ottawa and my thesis research is on the development of late medieval Just Price and Just Wage theory in Spain’s school of Salamanca and its contribution to Austrian school of Economics.”

Brendan was born and raised in Selby, Yorkshire, England. Selby is located between the old industrial heartland of the belt of Leeds and the rural setting of York and the North Riding. Selby is noted for it Norman Abbey church, which dates back to 1069AD. Selby was a thriving market town. In recent years it has suffered from loss of its economic base. The shipyard, animal food products, sugar beet factory, bacon factory, flourmill have all closed down. Brendan has over 30 years experience in television broadcasting. He is a freelance videographer and teacher. He and his wife Susan live in Ottawa’s CentreTown. [email protected]
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FRANK DE JONG
Frank de Jong was born to Dutch immigrant parents and grew up on a dairy farm north of Guelph, Ontario.  He went on to earn degrees at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. As an activist in the 80’s, de Jong was involved in various campaigns: the preservation of Ontario’s old growth forests; opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power; lobbying to end conflicts in Central America; and the pro-choice movement.

As leader of the Green Party of Ontario from 1993 to 2009, de Jong significantly raised the profile of the party, (achieving 8.3% of the vote in 2007). He has continued to argue for green tax-shifting; renewable energy; preventive health care; minimal tuition; walk-able communities; the end of funding for religious schools; and zero garbage. Since 2000, he has written extensively and become an international speaker on the economic theories of the 19th century American economist Henry George: financing government through economic rent capture in lieu of income and consumption taxation.
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BRIAN KELLY
Brian Kelly is a Master’s Candidate at the University of Vermont, where he is a Graduate Student Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.  He is a Teaching Assistant for courses that have included the Principles of Community Economic Development, Economics of Sustainability, and Ecological Economics.  His current research centers around groundwater governance issues, common assets, and monetary and fiscal policy for a steady state economy.

Prior to his current life in Burlington, VT, Brian spent twelve years in Philadelphia.  Here, he received his B.S. Economics from the Wharton Business School, and has worked as a community economic development practitioner and consultant in Philadelphia for seven years.  He currently serves on the Advisory Board of NET CDC, and as a Board Member of the Village of the Arts and Humanities.  In 2009-2010, Brian served as an instructor at the Henry George School and Birthplace Museum.
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FRANCIS K. PEDDLE, Ph.D.
Francis K. Peddle, J.D., Ph.D., is currently Vice-President – Academic Affairs at the Dominican University College, Ottawa, Canada and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy. He is a barrister and solicitor and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada for over twenty years. He has appeared before numerous tax commissions and task forces, most notably the Bédard Commission (Montreal,1999), as well as the Federal and Ontario Courts of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Tax Court of Canada and the Assessment Review Board.

From 2006 to 2011 Peddle was the Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Social Economics. In April, 2009 the journal published, with Peddle as Guest Editor, a Special Issue entitled “Henry George as Social Economist and Radical Reformer.” He is the author of Cities and Greed: Taxes, Inflation and Land Speculation (1994), Henry George and the End of Tax Commissions (1995). More recent publications include “Distributism and Marginal Productivity,” Science et Esprit, Vol. 63/3 (2011) and The Poverty Paradox (2011) which is an anthology of writings on the relation between economic rent and poverty. [email protected]
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WILLIAM S. PEIRCE, Ph.D.
William S. Peirce, is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, where he taught from 1966 to 2001. He received an A.B. from Harvard in 1960, studied for two years at the American Institute for Economic Research, and

earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 1966.

Peirce has taught and written widely in areas including Public Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, and Technological Innovation. A recent paper dealt with, “Natural Resources and Natural Law: Religion and the Design of Tax Policy.” Peirce was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2006 with a platform that included exemption of buildings from the local property tax. Email: [email protected].
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JOHN M. POLIMENI, M.A.
John M. Polimeni is an Associate Professor of Economics. He received a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.S. in Financial Economics with a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Regulatory Economics from SUNY at Albany, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow and is a Honorary Member of the Scientific Council of the Romanian National Academy of Science: National Institute for Economic Research, Institute of Economic Forecasting.

Polimeni has published more than 40 academic journal articles, nine book chapters, and two books with another forthcoming. He has given 40 podium presentations at international conferences and been invited to present research on 20 occasions. He serves on the editorial board of 4 academic journals. His research interests are in economic development, energy economics, and ecological economics.” after “M.A.”
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NICHOLAS ROSEN, Ph.D.
Nicholas Rosen read Progress and Poverty as a teenager, did some further reading on the topic, and became a convinced Georgist. He went on to be graduated from high school at the age of fifteen, to earn a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Materials, and to end up working for the U.S. Patent Office, which is not responsible for his extracurricular opinions and activities.

Rosen is a Georgist tutor for the Henry George Institute, on whose board he now serves; he is also a long-time director of the Center for the Study of Economics, and a relatively new addition to the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation’s board. He reads books, takes walks, and mostly leads a quiet life. back


MATTHEW STILLMAN
Matthew Stillman has a 15 year background in television development making such breakout hits as Iron Chef and Good Eats at Food Network. He also is deeply involved with improvisational comedy and his work with Georgist property tax reform. Matthew conceived of and co-produced “The End of Poverty?” a film about the origins and mechanics of poverty that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He writes about creativity at stillmansays.com

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MARK A. SULLIVAN
Mark A. Sullivan is Secretary and Administrative Director of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. He studied fine arts at Rhode Island School of Design, social science at Western Connecticut State College (now University), and political economy at the New School for Social Research. He joined the RSF staff in 1992. Prior to this, he maintained the research library, taught classes, and edited the newsletter of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City.

Sullivan currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology and as a board member and Treasurer of the Henry George Institute. He participates in nonprofit organizations and projects in publishing, spirituality, and the performing arts. He is a former President of the Council of Georgist Organizations. He lives in the Bronx, New York City. His e-mail address is [email protected]
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