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

Lee Hachadoorian is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, and Assistant Director of Temple’s PSM in GIS, where he teaches courses in geographic information systems (GIS), Census data analysis, spatial databases, and geospatial programming. After completing a BA in Philosophy at Cornell University, Lee worked in tech and finance as a software and database developer. Moving to San Francisco during the late 90s tech boom, he became acquainted with Georgist thought, and got to see George’s theories play out in San Francisco’s skyrocketing real estate, growing inequality, and the tech bust that cost him his job. Returning to New York City, he pursued studies in GIS and urban economic geography, completing his PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences (Geography track) at CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include local public finance, residential location, segregation, and redistricting.

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

John H. Beck received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1971 and Ph.D. in Economics in 1976, both from Michigan State University. He was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1977 to 1987 and has taught at Gonzaga University since 1988. He served on the Ohio Tax Policy Advisory Committee in 1983 and Washington State’s Tax Structure Study Committee in 2001-2002. His research, focused on economics and religion, experimental economics, public choice, and state and local government finance, has been published in numerous journals including the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Business Ethics Quarterly, The American Economist, Eastern Economic Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics, the National Tax Journal, and Public Choice. In addition to serving on the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation Board of Directors since 2014, he has served on the Riverside State Park Foundation Board of Directors since 2002 and the SPEAR Ministries Board of Directors since 2011.

Tom Daniels

Tom Daniels teaches Land Use Planning and Environmental Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

An economist by training, Tom has written about Georgist ideas as they relate to curbing land speculation and promoting urban redevelopment.

Tom lives in Lancaster, PA where he managed the County’s nationally-known farmland preservation program from 1989-1998. He often serves as a consultant to local governments on land use and growth management.

Frank De Jong

Frank de Jong was born to Dutch immigrant parents and grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Ontario. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. He served as leader of the Green Party of Ontario from 1993 to 2009 significantly raising the profile of the party. Since 2000, he has been an international speaker and writer promoting the philosophical and economic ideas of Henry George.

Brian Dietrick

Brian Dietrick has worked in an Operations Manager role for RMC Water and Environment, a 110-person engineering company in California, covering responsibilities for three of eight offices that included recruiting, onboarding, training, mentorship, office management, staffing, quality assurance and control, performance reviews, and other management duties. In 2016, RMC Water and Environment was acquired by Woodard & Curran, Inc., a 1,100-person engineering company headquartered in Portland, Maine. Since that time, Brian has served as a Senior Environmental Engineer, specializing in facilities planning and design for recycled water, water resources, and wastewater projects. He has experience in technical planning for collection systems, distribution systems, groundwater recharge facilities, integrated regional water management plans, urban water management plans, and environmental impact and regulatory compliance reports. Brian’s design experience includes large-diameter trunk sewer relief and replacement projects, sewer force mains, and sewer rehabilitation. He is also experienced in funding, cost estimating, industrial waste discharge, and public outreach.
 

In addition to his engineering planning and design experience, Brian has served as a faculty lecturer at Loyola Marymount University for graduate level solid waste management courses.

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

Kris Feder has taught economics and environmental studies at Bard College in upstate New York since 1991. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University. Her scholarly interests include geoclassical economics, ecological economics, urban economics, the history of economic thought, food systems, nutrition science, and exercise science. She has served on the boards of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and the Henry George School of Social Science. Papers and publications include “Economics from the Ground Up:  Public Revenue and the Structure of Production” (Fred Harrison, ed., Rent Unmasked: How to Save the Global Economy and Build a Sustainable Future); “The Relevance of Geoclassical Thought to Ecological Economics” (US Society for Ecological Economics); “The Price of Nature: An Ecological Critique of Geoclassical Economics” (Macquarie University, Australia); and “Clark: Apostle of Two-Factor Economics” (Robert V. Andelson, ed., Critics of Henry George: An Appraisal of Their Strictures on Progress and Poverty).

Wendell Fitzgerald

Born April 28, 1943 San Francisco, CA
Princeton University 1965 BA in History
University of San Francisco School of Law JD 1968 
Henry George School School of San Francisco 1974
Currently chairman of the Board of Henry George School of San Francisco
Lives in Ashland, OR
Always grateful that planet earth was designed to work really well for the good of all.

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

Paul F. Justus recently retired as a Regional Planner from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. Justus holds a BA in Economics from Saint Louis University and an MA in Urban Design from the University of Kansas school of Architecture with a focus on sustainable urban development.

Justus has worked with a variety of Georgist related organizations including the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO) as secretary, Common Ground-USA, the Common Ground OR-WA chapter, and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.  He participates on the CGO conference planning committee and serves on the CGO ad-hoc audio-visual committee.

Justus has worked with other public service non-profit organizations including serving on the board of the Ozark Regional Land Trust for fifteen years. He currently is a member of a local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby.  Justus spent two years in the Peace Corps working in the economic statistics office of the island country of Tonga. 

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

Matt Leichter is a lawyer and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also the treasurer and secretary for the Minnesota Chapter of Common Ground U.S.A.

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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

Victor Ramirez has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. He studied Urban Planning at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of planning. After 15 years working as a software developer in government information systems, he co-founded Coded S+P Corp to offer consulting services in software systems and urban planning. As a civic effort, Victor Ramirez developed the most popular public transportation app in Puerto Rico, and has dedicated his spare time to study the problems of housing and transportation.

Nic Tideman

Nicolaus Tideman is a Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1969.  From 1969 to 1973 he was Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  In 1970-71 he served as Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, with special responsibility for urban issues.  He has also served as a consultant at the Bureau of the Budget (predecessor to the Office of Management and Budget) and at the Office of Tax Analysis in the Department of the Treasury.  He has been at Virginia Tech since 1973, as a post-doctoral fellow, Associate Professor, and Professor since 1985.  He has published numerous professional articles, primarily in the areas of urban economics, public finance, economic justice and efficient public decision-making.  His book Collective Decisions and Voting: The Potential for Public Choice was published by Ashgate Publishing Company in 2006 and republished by Routledge in 2017.