Green Festival Speakers

Mary Rick



Mary Rick is a talented young organizer, collaborator and strategist. She has spent the last decade building sustainable communitybased organizations and innovative partnerships.

For the past four years she served as program and operations director for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). BALLE is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks representing over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada.

Mary directed the membership program at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization and coproducer of the Green Festivals.

She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (2007) and a BA with honors in International Relations and the Environment from the University of Minnesota (2001).

While focused on local food systems, her graduate team was awarded a fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and was recognized by Metropolis magazine's NEXT Generation design competition. Mary's radio interview, Using the Power of Community to Green Small Business can be found at GreenBiz.com.

Her work has carried her to Kenya, India, Cuba, Brazil, and most recently, Liberia.

Mary currently consults as a Fellow at the Women's Initiative, the countries largest microenterprise organization, advancing the organization's capacity to train lowincome women in business development. Watch for her new blog about social enterprise and sustainability at www.maryrick.com.