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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BRETT BARKER


BILL BATT

Batt-portrait-2013-webBill Batt was a university professor until 1981 and served on the New York State Legislative Tax Study Commission until 1992. After taking early retirement that year, he committed himself to working totally on the Georgist agenda. He now dedicates his time to research, publication, and advocacy of this philosophy with special focus on the utility of land value maps, property tax affairs in New York, and other varied matters. In 1962 to 65 he served as one of the earliest Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand. He has served on the Boards of the Schalkenbach Foundation, the Center for the Study of Economics, the Henry George School of New York, the International Union for LVT, and the committee for the annual CGO conference. He resides in Albany.
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JOHN BECK


RICHARD L. BIDDLE
Richard L. Biddle became a member of the board of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation in 2004. He is a California resident.

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cassino_halfDAN CASSINO
Dan Cassino is a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and the Director of Experimental Research for the PublicMind poll. He did his doctoral work at Stony Brook, and did a year of post-doctoral work at Princeton before starting at FDU in 2005. His work on the effect of Fox News on political knowledge, beliefs about conspiracy theories, and the impact of gender role threat on elections have been widely reported in the media. His most recent book is Fox News and American Politics, out from Routledge.


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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KRIS FEDER


FRED FOLDVARY


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.

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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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LEE HACHADOORIAN


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.

He can be reached at [email protected]

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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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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.


PAUL JUSTUS


AL KATZENBERGER


RICHARD NYMOEN


JORDAN PETSAS


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


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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