Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiatives on banking and independent business.

An advisor to business groups, grassroots organizations, and policymakers, Stacy produces research and analysis, and helps design and implement policies and strategies to curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.

Stacy has contributed articles to a variety of publications, including Business WeekSalonThe NationGristSojourners, and others. She also produces The Hometown Advantage Bulletin, a popular monthly newsletter.

Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, has appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.”

An engaging speaker, Stacy has been a featured presenter at many national conferences. In October 2012, she gave a provocative and widely discussed TEDx talk on Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.

Stacy lives in Portland, Maine.