Alice Maggio is the Executive Director at BerkShares, Inc., as well as Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Since 2012 she has worked with the board of BerkShares to continue to the currency as a tool for local economic development. She has also become a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies. She was interviewed by Paul Solmon for a story on the PBS NewsHour entitled “What’s Minted in Berkshire County Stays There: Finding Reward in Local Currency,” as well as stories by Al Jazeera America and Truthatlas.com. In 2014 she was interviewed by Henry Rollins for an episode of his History Channel show called "Ten Things You Don't Know About Money.” She has represented BerkShares at numerous conferences, including at the Left Forum in New York City, the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague, and the 4th International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies in Barcelona.
Alice Maggio grew up in South Egremont, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield. In 2010 she completed her B.A. in Sociology and French Studies at Wesleyan University. After college she went on to bake pies in Brooklyn, teach English in the Alps, and cook Basque food in Manhattan before coming back home to work on BerkShares. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Children's Chorus and on the Community Advisory Board for WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Berkshire United Way since June of 2015 and in May of 2016 joined the Board of Directors for the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance. In 2017 she became a corporator for Lee Bank, a community bank in the Berkshires.
Contact Alice at [email protected].