SMALL PLANET TEAM
Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 20 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. In the spring of 2021, she released It's Not Too Late! Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope. Frances was interviewed by The New York Times Magazine in an article titled, "Frances Moore Lappé changed how we eat. She wants to do the same for our democracy."
Her fall 2017 book was Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want coauthored with Adam Eichen. About Daring Democracy, Booklist (the American Library Association's book review magazine) writes,
“Countering what they call a well-entrenched ‘Anti-Democracy Movement,’ the authors offer numerous solutions for its antithesis, a democracy-proud confluence of grassroots efforts... With specific plans of action and encouraging words of support, Lappé and Eichen extend concrete hope to those who feel politically helpless.”
Other recent works include World Hunger: 10 Myths and EcoMind. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., describes Diet for a Small Planet as “one of the most influential political tracts of the times." In 2008, it was selected as one of 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World by members of the Women's National Book Association. Frances was also named by Gourmet Magazine as one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and are used widely in university courses.
Frances makes frequent media appearances. Most notably she has been featured on the Today Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News' Fox & Friends, WSJ.com, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 'The National', Frost Over the World, NPR, and the BBC, among other news outlets. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and is a contributor to Medium and Common Dreams. She is also a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine and Solutions Journal. Articles featuring or written by Frances have also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper's, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, People, and more.
Frances is the cofounder of three organizations, including Oakland based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.
Photo: Michael Piazza
Anna Lappé, Co-founder and Partner, is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets.
Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which she launched with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé. She currently leads Real Food Media, based at Corporate Accountability International, which she founded to bring together leading food and farm organizations to produce powerful communications initiatives to inspire, educate and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. Since its founding in 2012, Real Food Media has created the world’s largest short films competition on food with pop-up festivals around the world, collaborated with the award-winning StoryCorps to elevate voices of food workers, produced powerful mythbusting videos viewed more than one million times, launched a national online book club #RealFoodReads, and helped support passage of good food purchasing policies nationwide.
Heather (she/her), Small Planet Institute Managing Director, joined the staff in August 2018. Heather brings over 20 years of experience managing operations and interns in social benefit organizations. She worked for Heifer International on an educational farm which taught sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty for many years. With Heifer she was responsible for planning, supervising, and monitoring the departments of volunteer management, community engagement, reservations, food service and maintenance. Her primary duties involved staff supervision, internship program management, educational program marketing, and community outreach.
Heather received her B.S. degree in Biology from Davis & Elkins College and her M.S. degree in Non-Profit Management from Worcester State University. She served for 3 ½ years as the Regional Health Volunteer Coordinator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa where she became conversant in Pulaar and French. In Senegal she learned first-hand about poverty, hunger and the roles, successes and failures of international NGOs while providing education to women, malaria cures to children, and AIDS awareness to youth.
Heather has worked and volunteered for over 25 years to address justice and democracy issues. She has helped to organize a labor union, served as a mentor for newly resettled refugees, and facilitated strategic planning for a peace organization. She is currently an asylum sanctuary volunteer, Unitarian Universalist OWL teacher, and Girl Scout troop leader. Heather lives in Concord, MA with her husband, mother, three children and two cats. She enjoys playing board games with her family, singing, reading, and camping.
Lissa, Curation Manager for the DemocracyMovement.US website, brings nearly 20 years of digital communications experience to Small Planet Institute. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Marietta College.
Lissa has worked as a journalist, taught English in China, published a book, and dug dinosaur bones in Utah's Brushy Basin. She's also directed communications for a small university, managed PR for an agricultural blog, and has served as Communications Director for several movement-building political campaigns in her home state. You may have seen her in Fahrenheit 11-9, or in a 2018 viral video of her calling out fossil fuel campaign donations in a public hearing front of the WV House Judiciary Committee. One of her blog posts even inspired an independent short film called "What About Auburn?" She currently serves on the board of WV Can't Wait Votes.
When she's not kicking up a fuss to preserve democracy, she enjoys camping, hiking with her dog, kayaking, cooking, fishing, gardening, canning, and beer brewing. As if those hobbies aren't enough, she's also restoring a 1971 Shasta camper and a 1983 Chevy Class C RV. And she loves D&D. Lissa lives with her husband in the middle of nowhere, in a tumbledown cottage on a ridge top in WV.
Rachel is the Research and Operations Associate at the Small Planet Institute and a rising senior at Tufts University double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish Cultural Studies. Within the environmental field, her greatest interests lie in the quest for environmental justice, social equity, sustainable food systems, and modes of civic engagement. She channels her passions for activism and outreach in her communications board positions within the Tufts Sunrise Movement Hub and her programs administration role at the Tufts Institute of the Environment. In addition to her formal responsibilities, Rachel loves to experiment with creative mediums, such as film and writing, and their power to foster social change and enhance progress. During her off time, Rachel enjoys reading, baking (and tasting), hiking, playing music, running, and caring for her growing family of house plants.
Katherine is a Small Planet Institute Intern and a rising Senior at Connecticut College, double-majoring in Philosophy and Architectural Studies. At Connecticut College, they are involved in various environmental organizations, including the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, the Office of Sustainability, and the Climate Collective. Next year, she will be completing an honors thesis regarding climate ethics and land protection. Katherine is motivated to fight environmental injustice and educate herself on the broad spectrum of impacts that communities will face due to the climate crisis. Outside of their academic interests, Katherine enjoys drawing, reading, writing, and running.
DENISSE MANZO GONZALEZ
Denisse (she/her) is a Small Planet Institute Intern and is a rising senior at Smith College majoring in Environmental Science & Policy. She is very passionate about environmental justice and the ways in which that intersects with indigenous rights and the Land Back movements. She hopes to bring more awareness to the importance of centering indigenous rights and voices within the environmental justice movements. Denisse is striving to make knowledge on the environment accessible to all and centers marginalized communities in all of her work. She is excited to be working with Small Planet Institute to help further her goals.
Nina is a Small Planet Institute intern as well as a student at Mount Holyoke College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Spanish. Within their field, they are most interested in international environmental policy and sustainability. They are active on campus and in their community as an editor for the Mount Holyoke News and as a member of the Kabyle nonprofit Tiwizi USA. Outside of community-based work, they enjoy painting and backyard birding.
Ali (she/her) is returning to Small Planet this summer to help with the website, research, and social media, and is so happy to be back in such an empowering, nurturing team! Ali holds a bachelor’s in Peace and Global Studies and has worked in different aspects of the food system, as a farm crew member, in food waste and hunger relief org. She is pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs: Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, in Geneva, her research interests are around food, land, and seed sovereignty movements. Ali loves to bake and cook, and when the opportunity arises to help out in a garden, go into the mountains, or get as much nature time as possible!
Amelia is a Small Planet Democracy Intern and a rising junior at Clark University majoring in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Ethics and Public Policy. She is specifically interested in how class and social inequalities affect democratic participation and representation within the US and how we can rebut these disparities. Next year, she will be studying economic and political geography at the London School of Economics. Outside of academics, she is the chief curator and editor of an on-campus student art magazine and enjoys writing and photography.
Timothy A. Wise, Food and Agriculture Policy Advisor, directed the Land and Food Rights Program at Small Planet Institute from 2016-2020. He is now a Senior Advisor on the Future of Food with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. He previously directed the Research and Policy Program at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute. With a background as an economic journalist and an international development practitioner, Wise’s research and writing have covered U.S. farm policies, trade and agricultural development, agricultural biodiversity, food prices and biofuels, and Mexico’s maize economy under the threat of genetically modified maize. Wise's 2019 book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, on small versus large-scale agriculture in the battle to feed the world, draws on fieldwork in Mexico, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and India. Wise previously was Executive Director of Grassroots International and a writer and editor at Dollars & Sense magazine.
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Adam Eichen, Democracy Policy Advisor for Small Planet institute & co-author of Daring Democracy, is a writer, researcher, and organizer, working to build a democracy that represents and empowers all voices in society. Adam is currently the Executive Director at Equal Citizens working to fix democracy by establishing truly equal citizenship. He spent a year as a Maguire Fellow researching comparative campaign finance policy at the French research institute Sciences Po, and, in April 2016, he served as deputy communications director for Democracy Spring, a historic national mobilization for campaign finance and voting rights reform. Since 2015, he has sat on the Democracy Matters Board of Directors.
Adam received his B.A. from Vassar College with general and departmental honors in Political Science and French. Over the past several years, his research has focused on campaign finance, comparative election policy, and social movement theory. His articles have appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, Billmoyers.com, and Common Dreams.
Adam began collaborating with Frances Moore Lappé at the International IDEA Global Conference on Money in Politics in September 2015. Since then, the two have been working to develop new ways to think and write about campaign finance reform and the democracy movement more broadly.
Anthony Lappé, Media Advisor for Small Planet Institute, is a New York-based writer, producer and director. He began his career in journalism as a freelance contributor to The New York Times and a producer for MTV News. He went on to produce the award-winning Showtime documentary about the Iraq war, BattleGround. As the executive editor of the Guerrilla News Network, he helped create a pioneering citizen journalism web site and production company specializing in telling important global stories to a young audience. He has written for Details, ESPN: The Magazine, New York Magazine, and the South China Morning Post, among many others and has produced TV programming for PBS, National Geographic Channel, and the Discovery Science Channel. He is the author of the graphic novel, Shooting War (Grand Central). He was the writer on Robert Redford’s documentary >Cathedrals of Culture: The Salk Institute, which premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. He is currently the showrunner of Black Market, a new global docu-series for VICE Media.
BRUCE T. BOCCARDY
Bruce T. Boccardy, Economics & Labor Advisor for Small Planet Institute, served as president of the Massachusetts Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888, represented labor on the Massachusetts Joint Labor-Management Committee (JLMC), serving firefighters and police and consulted to the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE).