Our Team


Ellen Hodgson Brown, President Emeritus, Founder, and Senior Advisor

Ellen_-.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. In the latter book, Ellen traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how the people can take that power back through public banks operating in the public interest. Ellen has written over 200 articles, and originally served as Chairman and President. She has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.




The Board of the Public Banking Institute


Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, Vice Chair

p2h-revised-sm.jpgPamela Powers Hannley is a representative in the Arizona House of Representatives. Her campaign platform included sustainable economic development through public banking. Pam is also a progressive activist and a political blogger. She regularly writes about politics, economics, feminism, healthcare and medicine, and immigration for Blog for Arizona, the Tucson Progressive, and the Huffington Post. She and her husband Jim are co-directors of Arizonans for a New Economy, the group responsible for getting public banking on that state's legislative agenda. Pam is the current social media editor and former managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine. She has received 15 awards in communication or photography during her career. She holds a master’s in public health from The University of Arizona and a bachelors in journalism from The Ohio State University. An Amherst, Ohio native, Pam has lived in Tucson, Arizona for more than 30 years.


Nichoe Lichen

nichoe_s_photo2.JPGAn 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 as a means to regaining dignity, hope and economic democracy at the local level. She co-organized Banking on New Mexico, which hosted an international public banking symposium in Santa Fe in September 2014.  Nichoe has served on the Executive committee of that organization, and coordinated the “Brass Tacks Team” which does technical research grounding public banking in facts and data. Her efforts, along with others, led the City of Santa Fe to commission a public bank feasibility study in 2015.


 Jordan Modell

JIMG_1442.jpgordan Modell headed up Customer Relations Management departments for most of the major Wall Street money center banks in New York for 20 years and did special assignments for the Federal Reserve before starting his own strategic analytics company for Fortune 100 clients. Having decided that the system was just not working for the people, Jordan set out on a quest to transform banking from profit-centric to people-centric.

He was founding CEO of the Internet Credit Union, which had a goal of serving the under-served with viable, affordable high-tech financial products, and to assist member-customers to gain access to capital for building credit to lead them out of, not into, debt. Jordan holds an MBA in Marketing/Information Systems from New York University and in addition to numerous speaking engagements in the US and abroad, he was a contributing author to the book “New Age of Financial Services Marketing” as well as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Graduate Business School.



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