Board of Trustees

Gilbert “Gib” Halverson

President

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.

Richard Biddle

Vice-President

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

Fred Foldvary

Treasurer

Fred Foldvary teaches economics at San Jose State University, California. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. Foldvary’s main scholarly interests are public finance, real estate economics, and social ethics. His other books include The Soul of Liberty and Dictionary of Free Market Economics. Foldvary is known for his research on community associations and for accurately predicting and explaining the recession of 2008 in his 1997 AJES article, The Business Cycle. Fred Foldvary writes a column for progress.org and is an associate editor of the online Econ Journal Watch. Recent chapters and articles include “A Commentary on Our Land and Land Policy” in The Annotated Works of Henry George, “An Austrian Theory of Spatial Land” in The Spatial Market Process, and “Reply to the Caplan and Gochenour critique of Georgism” in the Review of Austrian Economics.

Lee Hachadoorian

Secretary

Wyn 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.

H. William Batt

Bill 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.

John Beck

Tom Daniels

Frank De Jong

Brian Dietrick

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.

Kris Feder

Wendell Fitzgerald

Ted Gwartney

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.

Paul Justus

Amanda Larson

Amanda Larson is a principal at Larson/Strong Strategic Partners. For over 20 years she has served as an advisor to both startup and established non-profits, creating highly successful marketing plans, fundraising campaigns andevents for many clients, nationwide.

She holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT, and an honors MA in Theology and Religious History from The General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York City.  She has worked with dozens of organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Washington National Cathedral, NHS Human Services, and The National Foundation for Women Business Owners.

Her career has included writing and production for non-profit film companies and, with a stellar team at Georgetown University and keybridge.net, the establishment of one of the earliest small business retail and information websites for the DC-based Larson Institute (1990-2000).

Amanda is also the author of Healing From a Grandmother’s Heart, and her written work has appeared in The Lutheran magazine, Episcopal Life, and Beliefnet.com.

Matt Leichter

Ed Miller

Richard Nymoen

Rich Nymoen is president of Common Ground USA, a citizen-based advocacy group for Land Value Taxation (LVT) and rent-sharing land trusts.  He has written and contributed to several Georgist articles, including for the MN Journal, the Pioneer Press newspaper, Groundswell, the Progress Report and for On  the Commons magazine.  A licensed attorney since 1995, Nymoen has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He works for the State of Minnesota in Equal Opportunity.

Victor Ramirez

Nic Tideman