Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiatives on community banking and independent business. She has written for a variety of publications, including BusinesWeek , The Nation, Grist, Huffington Post, and Sojourners. Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, was named one of the top ten business books of 2007 by the American Library Association. She also produces The Hometown Advantage Bulletin, a popular monthly newsletter.
A frequent speaker at local and national conferences, Stacy has served as advisor to many community groups, independent business organizations, and policy makers seeking strategies to strengthen their local economies. She lives in Portland, Maine.