Common Good Finance
the revoLution with a bank

wherever you are
here's why

Who Are We?

Common Good Bank is a project of Common Good Finance, in cooperation with partner organizations. Each of the partners helps to move the project forward in some substantial way: funding, publicity, oversight, technical assistance and/or active planned participation in the Common Good Bank model at the local level, once Common Good Bank opens. Partner with us!

Core Partner Organizations

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  • Center For The Advancement Of The Steady State Economy advances the steady state economy, with stabilized population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support.
  • Class Action raises awareness, facilitates cross-class dialogue, supports cross-class alliances, and works with others to promote economic justice.
  • Coop Power is a regional network of local communities creating a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future.
  • Earth Action informs and inspires people everywhere to turn their concern, passion and outrage into meaningful action for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
  • Empowerment Works! is a catalyst for community-led action, devoted to the genesis of a global partnership for a sustainable world.
  • Gasoline Alley Foundation teaches inner city youth and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods, with a concentration on socially responsible/sustainable business practices.
  • Meadowbrook Lane Capital (MBLC) Investment Bank serves businesses that value social responsibility as a sustainable economic driver, a strategic cornerstone, and a source of competitive advantage.
  • New England Small Farm Institute supports sustainable small-scale agriculture and beginning farmers throughout the Northeast.
  • Peace Development Fund works to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training, and other resources as partners in human rights and social justice movements.
  • Post Oil Solutions advances cooperative, sustainable communities in an age of global climate change and declining fossil fuels.
  • Common Good Finance promotes compassionate, community-based democratic economics.
  • United for a Fair Economy raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. Supports social movements for greater equality.
  • (with many more organizations collaborating informally)

Core Project Staff   (Where are we?)

William Spademan, Project Director,
     President of Common Good Finance
Janet Henderson, Communities Directoremail
Becky Meier, Public Relations Directoremail
John G. Root, Jr., Senior Policy Analystemail

Legal Consultants

Common Good Finance Board*

William Spademan, President
Janet Henderson, Vice President
Carol Lewis, TreasurerFormer CFO, Institute for Community Economics
Karen RibeiroFormer Vice President, Bank of Western Massachusetts
Catherine RattéPrincipal Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Andrew BakerFormer Executive Director, Hilltown Community Development Corporation
Becky Meier
John G. Root, Jr.

Project Advisory Board*

Advisors in blue type will serve on the initial board of directors of Common Good Bank, along with representatives from partner organizations.


Riane Eisler
Center for Partnership Studies

Julie Graham (in Memoriam)
Feminist Economist
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Thomas Greco
Community Economist, Director
Community Information Resource Center

Ellen Hodgson Brown
Attorney / Author

Emily Kawano
Executive Director
Center for Popular Economics

Christopher Lindstrom
Special Projects Coordinator
E.F. Schumacher Society

Tom MacLean (in Memoriam)
Economist, Engineer

Chris Martenson
The Crash Course

Michael Shuman
Director of Research and Public Policy
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

J.W. Smith
Institute for Economic Democracy

Banking and Finance

Andrew Baker
Former Executive Director
Hilltown Community Development Corp.

Nancy Hoff
Ashfield Hardware

David Hurwith
Former Chairman of the Board
FirstCom Bancorp

Carol Lewis
Former Director of Finance and Administration
Community Partners

Mike Noble
Vice President of Operations and Information Technology
Nashua Bank

Jeff Rosen
Director of Finance and Administration
Solidago Foundation

Donald J. Sarich
Permaculture Credit Union

Barbara Snyder
C.P.A., Manager
Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.

Business and Social Investment

Claire Bateman

Bill Baue
Sea Change Radio

Lynn Benander
Business Development Consultant

Laura Bessette
Ashfield Hardware

Alan Eccleston
Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
Change Work Associates

Wendell Kelley
Kelley Woodworking

Amy Klippenstein
Sidehill Farm

Paul Lacinski
Greenspace Collaborative

George Levinger
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Mary Link
Fundraising Consultant

Andrew Martin
ADDvantaged, Inc.

Mike McCusker
McCusker's Market

Chris Meyer
Stewardship Investing Specialist
Mennonite Mutual Aid

Terry Mollner
Executive Director
Trusteeship Institute

Bill Perlman
Former Chair
Ashfield, MA Select Board

Phil Pless
Upton-Massamont Realtors

Chris Rawlings
Waterhouse Pools

Suzette Snow Cobb
Green Fields Market

Susan Spademan
Real Estate Broker, retired
Coldwell Banker Spademan Assocs.

John White
Carpenter, MBA

Technology and Law

Sam Cooley
Cooley Associates

Manfred Gabriel
Former Senior Associate Attorney
Latham & Watkins

Juliet Jacobson
Web Designer

Blake Meike
Software Engineer

Mike Morton
Software Engineer
Google, Inc.

Nonprofits, Spirit, and Society

David Ahlfeld
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Marcus Asay
American Banking
Financial Institution Consultants

Lois Jewel Barber
Executive Director

Sheila Garrett
The Meeting School

Gerald Higginbotham
Living Learning In Faith Everyday

Randy Kehler
Promoting Active Nonviolence

Prakash Laufer
Former Executive Director
The Brick House Community Resource Center

Robert Lester
Gerencia Ambiental Internacional

Peter Letson
Mathematician, retired

Michael Mazgaonkar
Rural Development Consultant
Pariavaran Suraksha Samiti

David Neil
Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls, MA

Valerie Palar
Permaculture Trainer

Blake H. Schmidt
Former Personnel Director
Common Good Finance

Karen Werner
Teacher of Sociology
Goddard College

* Organization names are for identification purposes only and do not imply formal affiliation or endorsement.