Our Team


Ellen Hodgson Brown, Founder & Chair

PBI_Ellen_REV_400.jpgEllen Brown, J.D., developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. She is the author of 12 books, including the groundbreaking Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. The latter traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the public, and how the people can take that power back through public banks that operate in the public interest. Ellen’s 300+ articles are posted at EllenBrown.com. She also co-hosts a radio program called “It’s Our Money” on PRN.FM. She is a Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative and has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.




The Board of the Public Banking Institute




Nichoe Lichen

An adoption social worker by profession, Nichoe has spent much of her life in environmental, civil rights and economic justice work. In 2011, she helped form WeArePeopleHere! whose mission was to seek an antidote to plutocracy. In 2012 Nichoe introduced public banking to New Mexico to regain dignity, hope and economic democracy at the local level. She helped found Banking on New Mexico, which hosted an international public banking symposium in Santa Fe in September 2014. Nichoe served on the Executive committee of that BonNM, and coordinated the “Brass Tacks Team” which did technical research to ground public banking in facts and data. The efforts of Nichoe and others led the City of Santa Fe to commission a public bank feasibility study in 2015. She joined the Board of the Public Banking Institute in 2015.




Ann Tulintseff, Treasurer

Ann Tulintseff is an electrical engineer with 25 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. An early Board member of PBI, Ann believes that monetary reform and public banking are fundamental to achieving economic and political justice as well as real democracy and world peace. Inspired by Ellen Brown's book, Web of Debt, Ann authored a book review entitled, "The government is in debt to private banks that pretend to have money," published in March, 2009.

In addition to monetary reform, Ann also has interests in alternative medicine, diet, and the "electric universe." Ann has Ph.D., E.E., S.M., and S.B. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, with her studies in the fields of antennas, electromagnetic wave theory, and applied mathematics.




Public Banking Institute Program Directors and Coordinators 



Suzanne O'Keeffe, Communications Coordinator

Suzanne comes to PBI after many years as a public banking advocate and homeowner activist following the financial crash. Her latest efforts for public banking in Los Angeles included creating and hosting a city-wide Public Bank People’s Forum, which included creating a powerful short video that has been viewed thousands of times. Suzanne has used her media expertise to help mobilize numerous public interest and political campaigns, including most recently as part of a team that propelled a grassroots effort to create a Los Angeles public bank – a call that has now generated response from key members of the LA City Council. She has been a Director of Marketing and Public Relations for non-profit arts organizations, an independent web developer, filmmaker, and media consultant, and a core team member of influential grassroots activist groups based in California. She holds a masters in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon, a digital media certificate from Vancouver Film School, and BS in biology / psychology from Allegheny College. 



Cimbria Badenhausen, Engagement Coordinator

Cimbria has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, and is a certified permaculture designer and trainer. Based in Central NY, Cimbria serves as a consultant and coach for individuals and companies who are interested in streamlining their systems, and creating pathways to thriving. Her model for life rests on the permaculture principles as a framework, and integrates financial permaculture, dynamic governance and the practice of Buddhism.

Cimbria sees the Public Banking Institute as illustrating many aspects of financial permaculture. It is a grass-root organization helping to create a stakeholder-guided model of exchange which supports economic growth for all.


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