Pioneers

Fourth Economy is a small firm working at the intersection of many systems related to community and economic development.

Our team has core competencies in both quantitative and qualitative methods and experience working in community and economic development. However, because we attempt to understand and influence the diverse systems impacting a community’s economy, it is critical that we have subject-matter experts representing that range of systems.

The Fourth Economy Pioneers are our partners in building better communities and stronger economies. They bring years of experience and add critical and diverse perspectives to our work. Together, we can provide analysis and develop strategies and programs that truly address the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities related to growing your organization, community, or economy.

Rebecca Flora

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President & CEO, ReMake Group, LLC

Rebecca’s strength is in her ability to design and facilitate processes around complex issues to create real solutions and outcomes. Her organizational and communication skills, along with 25+ years of leadership experience support her highly developed project management capacity. All of her work is underpinned with the perspective she has gained working directly within all the sectors that she serves and she has lived in and experienced the full spectrum of physical environments – blighted urban neighborhoods, rural small towns, and fast growing suburban rings. Each project that she works on is unique with challenges and opportunities that require first hand, “in the trenches” knowledge and understanding that Rebecca is able to apply to her facilitation methods and strategy development approaches. All her work is done within the context of a deep commitment to sustainable development practices.

Kelly Ramirez

As CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), Kelly grew the organization from a small informal group of engaged philanthropists with a annual budget of $25K to a $1 Million + organization with 8 staff, and a community of 200+ volunteers that serves a portfolio of 220 companies in just six years.  Kelly is also the founder of the SEEED Summit, a national social enterprise conference that is run in collaboration between SEG, Brown University, the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. Kelly has taught/teaches Social Enterprise at RISD, Salve Regina, Providence College and in Brown University’s Leadership Institute.

 

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CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Janet Hammer

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Principal & Founder,
The Collaboratory

Janet fosters community and economic development that benefits people, place, and prosperity.  A natural born systems thinker, she deftly connects issues, ideas, and stakeholders to design solutions that yield triple bottom line results.  Her approach is informed by more than two decades of work in public, private, nonprofit, and academic settings, as well as her time living in urban, suburban, and rural communities in the East and West.  Janet has served on advisory committees for EcoDistricts and STAR Community Index, led a multiyear initiative for the US Economic Development Administration, and published and spoken in national venues such as Economic Development Quarterly and IEDC.  She is adjunct faculty at Portland State University and principal and founder of The Collaboratory, a certified woman owned-business in Oregon.