FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ
Frances Moore Lappé is a writer, speaker, and activist. She has authored or co-authored 20 books and is a recipient of 20 honorary doctorates. Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, has sold over 3 million copies. Lappé has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and MIT and taught at various universities and colleges. She frequently appears in media and contributes to publications like Yes! Magazine and Common Dreams. Her works have been translated into 15 languages and are used in university courses. Lappé has won awards for her work and has been featured on Today Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox & Friends, NPR, and the BBC, among others.
Anna Lappé is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and, along with the Small Planet Institute, co-founder of the SmallPlanet Fund and Real Food Media. From 2017 to 2023, she developed and ran the Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation. A national bestselling author, Anna has written or co-written three books and contributed to or been featured in 19 others, including Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It and Hope’s Edge. A James Beard Foundation Leadership Awardee, Anna was named one of TIME's "eco" Who's-Who and is a respected advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain.
Hayley (she/her) graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science. She is currently earning her M.A. in Political Science at Northeastern University. Throughout her studies, Hayley has concentrated on American government and politics. She has spent time interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and is primarily interested in political polarization. Hayley has actively conducted research on political polarization in America, where she has analyzed the affect political polarization has on Americans and government institutions. She is also passionate about grassroots advocacy and believes an engaged citizenry is the best way to foster a strong democracy. Hayley is strongly committed to finding effective solutions to today’s most pressing policy issues.
Miranda (she/her) is a Small Planet Institute Democracy Intern and a student at Boston College studying Sustainability and Environmental Science. She is interested in natural resource and agricultural policy. In her free time, Miranda can be found hiking, running, and exploring New England.
CAROLINA MEES RANSANZ
Carolina (she/her) is a Small Planet Institute Democracy Intern and a recent graduate from Tufts University, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. She is interested in international relations and foreign policy and the role and responsibility international organizations should take on the path to solving global issues; she plans on furthering these interests by studying international law. Outside of work, Carolina enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and solving crosswords.
Kendall is a Small Planet Institute Democracy Intern and a student at Boston University studying Political Science. She is interested in U.S. foreign relations and public policy. In her free time, Kendall enjoys quality time with friends, reading, and exploring Boston.
Zoe (she/her) is a Small Planet Institute Democracy Intern and a student at Lesley University studying Political Science and Global Studies. She is interested in political behavior and U.S. public policy. In her free time, she competes on the Lesley women's soccer team and enjoys exploring Boston with her teammates.
Lolo (she/her) is a Small Planet Institute Democracy Intern and a student at Lesley University studying Environmental Science and Business Management. She is interested in pursuing environmental consulting and conservation protection and management. In her free time, Lolo loves spending time outdoors, traveling, reading, playing soccer, and finding the best food spots around Boston.
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).