Alice Maggio is the Local Currency Program Director at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where she is engaged in further developing the Berkshire Region’s own local currency, BerkShares. She has also become a national and international advocate for nonprofit, place-based currencies. She has been interviewed on the subject of local currencies by the PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera America, among others. In 2013 she presented at the Left Forum and at the New Economy Coalition’s ReRoute conference, as well as at the Second International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague. Alice Maggio grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield. In 2010 she completed her B.A. in Sociology and French Studies at Wesleyan University. After college she went on to bake pies in Brooklyn, teach English in the Alps, and cook Basque food in Manhattan before coming home to work to the Berkshires in 2012.