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Marjorie Kelly

Associate Fellow


Marjorie Kelly is a distinguished senior fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit research and consulting organization that specializes in community wealth building. Among the projects she currently heads up is a Learning/Action Lab assisting a half-dozen Native American nonprofits launch social enterprises and employee-owned companies. Kelly has led a variety of consulting and research projects in corporate social responsibility, rural development, and impact investing for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Her books include The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity For the Many, Not Just the Few (with Ted Howard); Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution (2012), and The Divine Right of Capital (2003). She was co-founder, and for twenty years president, of Business Ethics magazine, and the co-founder of Corporation 20/20, a multi-stakeholder initiative to envision and advocate enterprise and financial designs that integrate social, environmental, and financial aims. She is a board member of Salem Alliance for the Environment and on the advisory board of the Sustainable Business Academy.

She holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Selected Tellus Publications

The Architecture of Enterprise: Redesigning Ownership for a Great Transition

Worker Equity in Food and Agriculture: Practices at the 100 Largest and Most Influential U.S. Companies (with Christi Electris, Heather Lang, and Gurneesh Bhandal)

Nuclear Power: Should It Have a Role? (with Paul Raskin, Rich Rosen, and Orion Kriegman)

The Struggle for Meaningful Work (contribution to a forum)

Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now (contribution to a forum)

Common Wealth Trusts: Structures of Transition (contribution to a forum)

Limits to Investment: Finance in the Anthropocene (contribution to a forum)