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 andTruthatlas.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 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.