YES! Board, Staff, Interns & Contributing Editors

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Board of Directors



Contributing Editors


Board of Directors


David Korten, Chair and Co-founder


David Korten is president and founder of the Living Economies Forum, a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Graduate school of Business and is a former faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was previously a Ford Foundation project specialist in Manila and Asia Regional Advisor on Development Management for the US Agency for International Development. David has authored numerous books, including Change the Story, Change the Future, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, When Corporations Rule the World, and The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. He is a regular guest on talk radio and television and a popular speaker at conferences around the world.



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Gideon Rosenblatt, Vice Chair

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at The Vital Edge. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.

Gideon Rosenblatt

Jill Bamburg

Jill Bamburg serves as President of Pinchot, a university for the common good, the parent institution of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the Sustainable MBA program she helped to found. She is also the author of Getting to Scale: Growing Your Business without Selling Out (Berrett-Koehler, 2006). Adult education is her third career, following previous seven-year stints in community journalism and high tech marketing. She has a BA in English from Washington University and an MBA from Stanford University.



Tanya Dawkins, Secretary

Tanya Dawkins founded the Global‐Local Links Project to engage one of the most pressing issues of our time ‐ what it means to build citizen and community power in an age of intensifying globalization(s). She is dedicated to developing a new generation of “globally minded, community‐centric” tools, policies, relationships and metrics that advance new models of "global-local" leadership, policy, law, citizen action, economic development and the social contract.

Tanya has an MBA from Barry University, a post-graduate certificate in international human rights law from Oxford University and is an experienced analyst, executive and consultant in the areas of leadership, policy, organizational development and innovation for the common good. Her work has helped a wide range of local, national and international partners map their strategic priorities, understand and interpret increasingly interconnected global and local phenomena and manage emergent issues and opportunities.

She has previously managed a $20+ million community investment portfolio and is active in a diverse network of campaigns and initiatives in the areas of human rights, governance, policy, economic development, philanthropy and social justice.

Tanya is the policy entrepreneur behind the development of the Global Community Rights Framework Initiative, a new law and policy innovations project focused on advancing new rights, remedies and avenues of opportunity for people and communities affected by mega trade, infrastructure and investment projects around the world.


Tanya Dawkins

Alisa Gravitz, Treasurer

For over 25 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America (formerly Co-op America), the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with key focus on community investment, fair trade, corporate responsibility, climate change and solar energy. Green America's major events and publications include Green Festivals, the Green Business Conference, National Green Pages, and the Green American. Green America operates the nation’s largest green living and green business networks. Alisa Gravitz is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America's acclaimed Guide to Social Investing, with over a million copies in print. As vice president of the Social Investment Forum, she played a key role in the dramatic growth of the socially responsible investing industry to $3 trillion dollars from less than $40 million in 1985. Alisa Gravitz’s board service includes the Positive Futures Network, Ceres  and Network for Good. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University.



Alisa Gravitz

Puanani Burgess

Puanani Burgess is a community building facilitator, trainer, and consultant in Hawai'i, the U.S., and the Pacific. She is also a poet, cultural translator, and has been a lecturer with the Urban Studies and Regional Planning Department of the University of Hawai'i. She was a Weinberg Fellow and the Myles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. She is noted for her experience in community, family, and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.



Richard Conlin

Richard Conlin served on the Seattle City Council from 1997-2013. He co-founded Sustainable Seattle, and is former director of the Earth Service Corps and Community and Environment programs for Metrocenter YMCA. In addition to playing a key role in the innovative "Indicators of Sustainable Community," he has given talks and led workshops on sustainability around the United States and in Europe. 


Danny Glover

Danny Glover combines his acting career with a dedication to the common good. He is well-known for his film and television works, including the Lethal Weapon series, Beloved, To Sleep with Anger, and Freedom Song. He serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, works on behalf of AIDS victims in the U.S. and Africa, and helps a wide range of organizations advance the causes of civil right and economic justice.


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Sarah van Gelder, Co-founder

As co-founder and executive editor of YES!, Sarah leads the framing and development of each issue of YES! and writes a column introducing each issue. Sarah blogs at YES!, and Huffington Post, writes articles and does interviews for YES! Magazine, and speaks on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. Topics she has covered include the new economy, solutions to climate change, alternatives to prisons, food, water, nuclear disarmament and active peacemaking, education for a better world, beyond the superpower, happiness, and many more. As part of her community involvement, Sarah volunteers on the Port Madison Reservation where she lives, working with the Suquamish Tribe on enhancing the quality of life for all area residents. She is co-founder of Suquamish Olalla Neighbors where she co-led a statewide effort to return the home of Chief Seattle to the Suquamish Tribe. She is also a member of the board of directors of the tribally-chartered Suquamish Foundation. Sarah has traveled and lived in Latin America, India, China, and Central America. She was a founding board member and resident of Winslow Cohousing, and previously was a television and radio producer, a community organizer, a classical Indian dancer, and founder of a cooperative of food co-ops that linked organic farmers to urban markets. She has two young adult children.