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Prominent Voices to Address Sustainability Professionals at  #AASHE2019

September 5, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is excited to announce a new, more dynamic format with this year’s opening ceremony. To provide a broader view of the emergent movement to create a sustainable economy, 3 leaders will each share a concise, high-impact story of their work and how higher education can contribute. 

Shevanthi Daniel-Rabkin, director of programs at The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), will chronicle the growth in worker-owned cooperatives and show how these enterprises are essential to building a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Working to expand economic development models and practices that advance equity and broad-based employee ownership, Shev directs the strategy and growth of programs at DAWI. Her work brings together city municipalities, business advisors and capital providers to strategically advanced equity, broad-based employee ownership across large metropolitan cities around the country. 

Aaron Tanaka, co-founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy, will highlight the Boston Ujima Project, an inspirational model for the democratization of finance capital to create a sustainable economy at the local level. Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, economic development practitioner, philanthropic advisor and impact investor.

Finally, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Policy Director for New Consensus, will emphasize the need for policy changes to secure a sustainable economy, focusing specifically on the potential of the Green New Deal. Gunn-Wright was previously the Policy Director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

With Varshini Prakash, our Student Summit keynote, and Bill McKibben, our closing keynote, our keynote addresses are sure to inform, inspire, and energize attendees.

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