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Meet the Board

We are thankful for our Board of Directors who support us in our work to build a just, green, and thriving local economy.

Michele Adams

Meliora Design

Lynne Andersson

Fox School of Business, Temple University

Peicha Chang

Vault + Vine

Allegra Derengowski

Birchtree Catering

Nima Etemadi

Cake Life Bake Shop

Heather G. Hanowitz

Vice Chair

Chris Jacobs


Barrie Litzky

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel

Amy Kate Lobel

Past Chair
Community Energy Inc.

Mo Manklang

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Joshua McNeil

PA Conservation Voters

Melissa Muroff


Sara Poindexter

Rodriguez Consulting

Tiffany Rolfing

Idea Broker

SBN Founder

Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. As the restaurant grew, so did her notion that the strength of her business relied upon the quality of its locally grown ingredients. Envisioning how strengthening relationships among independent, community-rooted enterprises could inspire profound social change, she founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia in 2001, and co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies that same year.

Judy also founded Fair Food, dedicated to building a local food system in the Philadelphia region. In 2009, she sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy. In March of 2013, Judy released her memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business.

Judy Wicks

Founder and Board Emeritus
White Dog Cafe, SBN, BALLE