Here’s my Story

I’m a social entrepreneur, writer, and purveyor of all things local. I evaluate the needs of businesses and organizations, and help develop impact through social enterprise development. My consulting includes teaching, guiding, and facilitating my clients through strategies to do better by doing good – for themselves, their business, and their communities.

I come from an Italian-Canadian immigrant family of business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers, cooks, and storytellers. In my early career days I was a theatrical director, playwright, and an activist performer with Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. I’m still an activist, not shy about joining a rally for good wages or equality. In 2004 I moved to New Mexico and began a new career as a marketing and pr director for a tourist railroad in the heart of Santa Fe that cared about being a good corporation that gave back to the community, and were stewards of the environment as the first railroad west of the Mississippi to run on biofuel and use solar power on passenger cars. I was asked to become a board member of the Santa Fe Independent Business Alliance and decided to apply for the localist job of Executive Director of the organization. The Santa Fe Independent Business Alliance grew to become one of the largest local economy business networks in the US, with a successful and award-winning Farm to Restaurant Project and other programs that impacted the local community for lasting economic change. I’m solution-driven in all I do and deeply committed to the communities I work with.

I found my voice in 2010, writing The Local Voice column for Green Fire Times, New Mexico’s only sustainability lifestyle and business newspaper. I now write articles for Philanthropy Journal on innovated nonprofits, and other publications, as well as my own blog.

I’ve been doing localism and social enterprise development and strategy planning for well over 10 years as a professional and I am honored to be a member of the BALLE Fellows 2011 cohort to share best practices and forward a vision for prosperity for all through local economies. Giving a voice to, and supporting, social entrepreneurs is my most rewarding work. Travel for work and play is a priority for me, and the greatest way to both expand my horizons and stretch my legs. I have been known to eat my way around a city or two, but coming back to the high desert of New Mexico always renews me.

Can’t stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go
Bob Dylan