E2M-REC of Western MA

The following individuals are current members of the E2M Regional Economic Council of Western Massachusetts.

Michael Garjian

Founder and President, E2M.org

As a commercial entrepreneur Michael employed more than 400 individuals and was granted nine worldwide patents for technologies he manufactured and distributed globally. As a social entrepreneur at the Valley CDC in Northampton he helped low to moderate-income entrepreneurs launch more than 60 businesses, access $450,000 in loans, and create more than 100 jobs. He assists the Anti-Displacement Project, 1450 low-income Western Mass families occupying tenant owned apartment complexes, in using their 40 million dollars of real estate and cash flows to advance their social agenda. He works with Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems of Easthampton, MA producing conversion kits that enable diesel vehicles to use waste vegetable oil as fuel. He currently serves as a board member and past Treasurer of the United Way of Hampshire County.

Dan McKenna

Principal Profits Asset Management

Dan is the President of Principle Profits Asset Management in Amherst. As an investment advisor, Dan focuses exclusively on socially responsible investing. He is a founding member of the Board of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts charter school. He has been a board member of Community Trust, Inc., (CTI) and sits on the CTI Loan Committee.

Steve Rogers

Rogers Management

Steve is President of Rogers Management and spends much of his time developing affordable housing projects, constructing socially and environmentally responsible facilities, and working closely with organizations dedicated to social and economic justice. He is President of CTI and a founding director of E2M.org.

Alan Singer

Franklin County CDC

Alan acts as Director of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation´┐Żs Loan fund where he oversees a loan portfolio of well over $500,000 in loans to low/moderate income individuals. As a Rutgers MBA working for various international brokerage houses in New York, Alan was responsible for the administration of loan/investment portfolios totaling over $100,000,000. He came to the Pioneer Valley as a social entrepreneur to seek a better environment and engage in more meaningful work.

Tony Taylor

Gasoline Alley Foundation

Tony is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Gasoline Alley Foundation in Springfield, MA. The Foundation's mission is to teach inner city youth and disadvantaged persons to be successful entrepreneurs while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods with a concentration on socially responsible and sustainable business practices. Tony also owns and manages a childcare business in Springfield with his wife. He worked previously as the Director of Economic Development for Nueva Esperanza, a Community Development Corporation in Holyoke, MA, and as the CRA Officer at Fleet Bank.

Richard Feldman

Business & Enterprise Development and Managment Consutant

Rick has been the Executive Director of Hampshire Community Action Commission (HCAC) since September, 2005. Previously, he owned and operated software and information systems businesses. He was on the Board of Directors of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice President, and as chair of their Economic Development and of their Education committees. He was President of Support Our Schools, a major fund-raiser and donor for public education in Northampton. Prior to going into business in 1990, he was an assistant director of University of Masschusetts´┐Ż Cooperative Extension, with a focus on community economic development, natural resources, land use, and rural leadership development. He is also an E2M.org board member.

Jason Garand

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Jason is the Regional Council Organizer in the Springfield, MA office of the Regional Council of Carpenters. He is also an E2M.org board member.

Dave Bisson

MBA Candidate, Yale School of Management

Dave is a full-time student pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Yale School of Management. Between 2008 and 2010, he taught middle school and high school mathematics at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, MA. He has also worked with Kool Smiles, General Dentistry for Kids; United Way of Hampshire County; and Hampshire Community Action Commission (HCAC). Dave holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also an E2M.org board member and a member of the E2M Organizing Committee.

In Memoriam:

Julie Anne Graham

1945 - 2010

Julie was a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research and teaching focused on economic alternatives being developed and implemented locally and worldwide. She was also an E2M.org board member.