Team

Ellen Hodgson Brown

Ellen Hodgson Brown

Founder & Chair

Ellen Hodgson Brown

Founder & Chair
Ellen 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.

Board of Directors

Nichoe Lichen

Nichoe Lichen

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

Ann Tulintseff

Treasurer

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.

Program Directors & Coordinators

Suzanne O'Keeffe

Suzanne O'Keeffe

Communications Coordinator

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

Cimbria Badenhausen

Engagement Coordinator

Cimbria Badehauben

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.
Marc Armstrong

Marc Armstrong

Development Director

Marc Armstrong

Development Director
Marc Armstrong was PBI's first Executive Director and is currently PBI's Development Director, is the President of Commonomics USA, and Public Bank LA Advisory Board Member. Marc is a communications and operations professional who has helped shape the public banking movement, beginning when he co-founded the Public Banking Institute in 2011. He recently helped launch the California Public Banking Alliance and the Friends of Public Banking campaign. With a work history that includes working for IBM Finance and software development partners of SAP, Marc brings a deep understanding of banking and organizing to the public banking movement.

Senior Advisors

Walt McRee

Walt McRee

Former Chair, Senior Advisor

Walt McRee

Former Chair, Senior Advisor
Walt McRee was Chair of the PBI Board from 2015 - 2017. He continues to donate his time to PBI by coordinating the monthly coalition and coordinator calls. Prior to becoming Chair, Walt was a Senior Advisor to PBI from its earliest days in early 2011 while also serving as a Director of the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project. Following a career in broadcasting, Walt became a media strategist and consultant, writer, producer, marketing entrepreneur, voice talent. In these roles, he developed national media campaigns for world hunger, the environment, public broadcasting and the arts. As Founder and CEO of the Alliance for Public Broadcasting, Inc. he pioneered and implemented new fundraising principles and programs for use in public radio and TV stations nationwide. Walt produces and co-hosts the bi-weekly radio program "It's Our Money with Ellen Brown," hosts PBI’s TV program “The Public Bank Solution” and has written and produced a number of videos for PBI. Through these media initiatives and his work with public banking, Walt intends to expand understanding and public participation in helping transform the dominant paradigms of public policy that prioritize money and power over people and planet. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Geography from Valparaiso University.