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.
Among the first to raise the alarm about the rise of mega-retailers in the 1990s, Mitchell 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 (2006) was named one of the top ten books of 2006 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.”
Her research and writing on the advantages of devolving economic power have influenced policy-makers and helped guide grassroots strategies. She has written for a wide range of publications, including Business Week, The Nation, and Wall Street Journal, and produces a popular monthly newsletter, The Hometown Advantage Bulletin.
Mitchell serves on CCC’s Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All Advisory Council, on the board of the New Economy Coalition.and coordinates the Advocates for Independent Business. She was also a founding board member of the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance.
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