Lee Hachadoorian

Lee Hachadoorian

President

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.

Matthew Downhour

Matthew Downhour

Vice-President

Matthew has worked in one-on-one education since 2010. He’s currently a tutor in economics, history, math, and English, while writing online commentary as a contributing editor for "Liberal Currents" magazine and on a freelance basis for other publications. He lives in Kalispell, Montana.

Matt Leichter

Matt Leichter

Secretary

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.

Blog - https://lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com/

Wyn Achenbaum

Wyn Achenbaum

Treasurer

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

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 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.

Richard Biddle

Richard Biddle

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

Frank De Jong

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.

Christopher England

Christopher England

Christopher England is a lecturer in history at Loyola University Maryland. In 2006, he completed a B.A. at UC Berkeley, where he served on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Student Cooperative and developed an interest the question of equity in housing. In 2015, he completed a PhD in history at Georgetown University, writing his dissertation on the single-tax movement. "Land and Liberty," the manuscript based on that dissertation, is currently under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.

Kris Feder

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)."

Gilbert “Gib” Halverson

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.

Mark Mollineaux

Mark Mollineaux

Mark Mollineaux runs a podcast spotlighting land use and housing activism on Stanford University radio, The Henry George Program. He is a member of various organizations throughout the Bay Area aligned with housing justice, and has a professional background in structural engineering.

Richard Nymoen

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.

Richard Pereira

Richard Pereira

Richard Pereira is an economist, policy advisor and researcher who has worked with the House of Commons in Canada, and is the author of "Financing Basic Income: Addressing the Cost Objection" (Palgrave 2017). He is a member of COVE (Centre on Values and Ethics), Carleton University.

His research interests include distributive justice and ecological ethics, as well as the changing nature of the commons. Use of public airwaves and the broadcast spectrum, satellites (and the externalities they create) and the technological inheritance of generations of innovation and public investment are some of the additional and ever-evolving commons issues Richard is exploring, while applying principles of distributive justice to these spheres. This, in addition to the ‘land question’ laid out by H. George and T. Paine.

Victor Ramirez

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.

Steve Sklar

Steve Sklar

Steve Sklar has long been fascinated by Henry George’s unique and vitally important insights about the workings of the world in its economic aspect. Steve has given talks about those insights at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, New Jersey, and Arden, Delaware; for several years recently he taught courses on George’s writings at the Henry George School of Social Science in Manhattan where many years ago his father, the late Dave Sklar, taught the Progress & Poverty course for 17 years. By day, Steve practices immigration law. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked in film and video production. His hobbies these days include storytelling, group improv and juggling. He likes to believe that these activities pay dividends beyond their proper fields of performance.