Advisory Board

Adrian Alcalá

Adrian Alcalá is a professional software developer educated at MIT, with a wide range of programming experience including commercial web-based applications in the securities industry and 8 years of small business consulting in the southern Berkshires.  He ran his own business in Great Barrington from 1989 to 1997 and served on the board and was an officer of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. He was also on the board of S.H.A.R.E. and was involved in early planning meetings for BerkShares. He and his wife, Sharon True, have raised their children in the Berkshires.  Alcala is very interested in promoting the regional economy using BerkShares. He particularly wants to focus on strategies that are appropriate for the current state of the economy and culture, while not losing sight of the eventual "ideal" outcome to which we aspire.

Eric Harris-Braun

Eric Harris-Braun designs and builds software infrastructure for the new economy. He is a co-founder of the MetaCurrency project, which is creating a platform for communities of all scales to design and deploy their own currencies, and Holochain, which will host a full array of asset-backed, value-stable currencies, setting a new class of cryptocurrencies that will foster a more regenerative world.

He is also the co-founder of Glass Bead Software, a provider of peer-to-peer networking applications, and of Harris-Braun Enterprises, a free-lance software development shop, which has created, among other things, complex data-collection websites for the health-care industry, an Android application for catch monitoring for the fishing industry, and the Online Writing Workshop, which it built and operates. In 1994 he published the Internet Directory ( Fawcett Columbine), which sold over 100,000 copies and went on to a second edition in 1996 before being made obsolete by Google.

Harris-Braun received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University. Currently, he lives in rural New York, where he is part of a Quaker Intentional community, plays with his two kids, tends a garden, and lives in a straw-bale house.

Alice Maggio

Alice Maggio is a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, educating people in her own community and around the world about the potential of local currencies to serve as democratic tools for building more vibrant and resilient local economies. She has been especially engaged with the Berkshire region’s local currency, BerkShares.

Alice began her new economy work as a BerkShares Intern in May of 2012 and grew into her subsequent role as the Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center and Executive Director of BerkShares, Inc.

As Executive Director of the Berkshire region’s own local currency, BerkShares, she developed an annual membership drive, signed up more than 100 businesses to accept BerkShares, spearheaded multiple BerkShares events, launched, wrote, and produced a monthly BerkShares Business-of-the-Month column in local media, developed an entrepreneurial training program for youth, and deepened BerkShares ties to the local banking community.

In the media, Alice has been interviewed by Paul Solmon for a story on the PBS NewsHour, as well as stories by Al Jazeera America 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 represented BerkShares and the Schumacher Center at the 2nd and 4th International Conferences on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague and Barcelona, respectively, the Left Forum in New York City, and the Local Prosperity Canada conference in Nova Scotia, among others.

Alice grew up in Berkshire County, 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 home to work at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Children’s Chorus. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Berkshire United Way and the Board of Directors for the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance. In 2017 she became a corporator for Lee Bank, a community bank in the Berkshires.

Alice earned a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University in Boston, where she has co-authored  Soil in City: Urban Farming on Community Land Trusts and The Meaning of Mutuality in the 21st Century.

She currently works as a senior project officer at The Working World, where she assists low-income communities in building cooperative businesses.