In an all-new episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joe Grafton, director of development and community engagement for the American Independent Business Alliance, and Julie Theriault, executive director of Worcester Local First. They talk about how thinking - and acting - local helps top build healthy, sustainable communities.
Joe Grafton has dedicated the last decade of his life to shifting culture and paradigms to support sustainable local economies and community-based businesses. He is the founding executive director and a current board member at Somerville Local First – a leading local-business alliance – a board member at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a steering-committee member of the New England Local Economy Network, co-chair of the Pioneer Valley Slow Money Chapter, and director and treasurer for the Together Festival, Boston's version Austin's South By Southwest. He brings skills and experience in fund-raising, speaking, training, marketing, social media, operations and planning to AMIBA. He focuses on driving resources to the localization movement while engaging and supporting AMIBA leaders.
Julie Theriault has more than 15 years of experience in business management, in the areas of hiring, training, merchandising, inventory and payroll. From 2002 to 2007, she was manager of The Gap stores in Leominster and Montreal. From 1997 to 2002, she was store director of Birks & Sons in the Montreal area.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is past coordinator of Worcester Local First.