Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.
Much of Stacy’s work h. as focused on two pivotal sectors of the economy: retail and banking. Her research and writing on the advantages of devolving economic power have influenced policy-makers and helped guide grassroots strategies.
Among the first to raise the alarm about the rise of mega-retailers, she is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to counter their power. Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, has appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.”
More recently, she’s produced an influential report about Amazon’s growing power and impact (Amazon’s Stranglehold, with Olivia LaVecchia), and published a paper on Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business, which received an award as part of the annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship
Jeffrey P. Weaver was the campaign manager for the 2016 campaign of US Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. He formerly served as the campaign manager for Sanders' 2006 United States Senate election and as chief of staff in Sanders’ House and Senate offices. In August 2016, Weaver was named president of Our Revolution, a political organization created by Sanders. He is author of the boook “How Bernie Won”