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.
Vault + Vine
Cake Life Bake Shop
Amy Kate Failing
Community Energy Inc.
Heather G. Hanowitz
Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
PA Conservation Voters
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.
Founder and Board Emeritus
White Dog Cafe, SBN, BALLE