SMALL PLANET TEAM
Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. Her fall 2017 book is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want coauthored with Adam Eichen. 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."
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 Packard, 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.
Ali Eddy, Operations Associate, manages speaking event logistics and supports Small Planet's Managing Director. Ali graduated from Earlham College in 2017 with a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies. Impassioned by food sovereignty movements, Ali brings her experience supporting different aspects of food and social justice work. Before managing school-based anti-hunger programs with Food For Free in Cambridge, MA, Ali worked with The Food Project facilitating farming and social justice education. In her free time, Ali volunteers with Children’s International Summer Villages, a peace education organization that brings together youth from around the world to learn together across difference and become active global citizens. Outside of work Ali loves to bake, eat wonderful things, swim, bike around the city, and generally spend time outdoors with her puppy!
Grace Killian is a Small Planet Institute Intern and a senior at Connecticut College studying Government, History, and Hispanic Studies. At Conn, Grace is able to explore her interest in Environmental Justice through her work in the Office of Sustainability as a Communications Fellow. To explore her passions of politics and democratic accountability, Grace is completing a capstone reflection that studies the effects of partisan polarization has on gun violence prevention policymaking in the U.S. Congress based off her course work and internship at Connecticut Against Gun Violence in Fairfield, CT. She is also crafting her Honors Thesis on how the rise of technology has changed the ways U.S. Presidential Campaigns target young voters. In her free time, Grace likes to hike, run, and read about her favorite political figures and movements.
Rachel is a Small Planet Institute Intern and a Junior 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 civic engagement. She channels her passions for activism and outreach in her communications board and chapter director positions within the Tufts Sunrise Movement Hub and Kids in Nutrition Club, along with her administrative 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.
Annelise Eppen is a Small Planet Institute intern and a senior at New York University studying Politics, History, and Romance Languages. Her commitment to rectifying democracy in the United States was revitalized during her year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she learned much about inter-American relations and Latin American democracy, labor, and feminist movements, and where she worked as an intern for the city’s Ministry of Public Defense. She is currently writing her senior thesis about the ethics of historical memory in post-dictatorship Argentina and post-Civil War United States. In her free time, Annelise enjoys running in the woods, solving crossword puzzles, and writing melodramatic poetry.
Avisha Goyal is a Small Planet Institute Intern and a recent graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations. Her interest in topics of food insecurity and social service stem from her early experiences of living in a developing country riddled with rampant poverty and social inequality. Apart from being an SPI Intern, Avisha is also actively working to increase access to sanitation facilities for women in her hometown, Kathmandu, Nepal. Avisha previously interned with the United Nations Association of Greater Boston where she prepared research and writing guidelines for young MUNner’s around Boston. In her free time, Avisha loves to cook, read and volunteer with children.
Hannah Nesson is a Small Planet Institute Intern and junior at Vanderbilt University, where she studies Public Health and Political Science. She is most interested in health inequalities pertaining to mental health and women’s health. Hannah’s passion for social justice developed while she studied in Washington D.C., where she worked on a study examining the experience of citizens living in food deserts. At Vanderbilt, she is a research assistant for a study on social networks among aging LGBTQ populations in the U.S. South. Her work with this study has evolved to include connecting seniors to community food services during the pandemic. At SPI, Hannah is excited to learn about how she can encourage citizens to become active in reforming the Democracy system. In her free time, Hannah enjoys any outdoor activity, as well as crafting and cooking for friends
Olivia Smith is a Small Planet Institute intern and rising senior at Swarthmore College, located on Native Lenni Lenape land outside of Philadelphia, PA. She is originally from St. Louis, MO, where she learned early on the failings of urban disinvestment, voter suppression and environmental racism. In college, Olivia is studying economics, mathematics and French with hopes to better understand the pitfalls of our current global economic system and ways it can be viewed through a radical lens oriented towards foundational change. Outside of the classroom, Olivia has participated in campus and community organizing specifically within the contexts of Transformative Justice and food sovereignty. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys gardening and sustainable art which helps her reflect on her values of resourcefulness and reciprocity with the environment.
Annalise Sheppard joins Small Planet Institute as Research and Writing Coordinator while finishing her Master's of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at Northeastern University. Before moving to Boston last year, Annalise earned her BA in Communication Studies with a minor in sustainability at UNCW, where she served as Transfer Student Senator in the SGA and Vice President of the Beta Kappa chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society. While at Northeastern, Annalise has maintained a focus on food systems research, and published policy recommendations concerning regional food systems governance for Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu’s Boston Green New Deal. Annalise is passionate about the application of Critical Race Theory in socioecological systems governance, and advocates for anti-racist policies through redistributive programs.
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 Campaigns Manager for 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).