Virginia Hammon, MS, Oregon
A lifetime optimist, Virginia believes that when we have information, understanding, and decision-making skills, we make good decisions together. Dedicated to researching the foundations of our current political dysfunction, she found a practical path to a better future in monetary reform.
Her exhaustive study of the U.S. Government’s financial reports led her to create a simple way to clearly report them to citizens which she presented in her previous book, On the Road to Great Democracy: Simple and Honest Financial Reports (2007). She went on to study the monetary system itself, reading hundreds of books on money and the economy. She has reviewed the financial reports of the Fed from 1914 to the present, as well as the financial reports of the U.S. Government, which began in 1997.
A background as a Montessori educator, a Director of a graphic design studio in Teheran, a Head of School in Hawaii, an internet startup CEO in San Francisco, and a community mediator-activist, informs her work. Understanding the U.S. national financial reports led to research and writing on the money system itself. Her book, Wheels of Commerce: Money Circulates (2017) is a quilter’s amuse bouche mini-introduction to money. Her 2018 book, US Money: What is it? Why we must change. How We Can, adds depth and additional information to the summary here. A version of the latter illustrated with quilts is in the works. Virginia has four wonderful children and eight grandchildren.
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Mark S. Pash, MBA, CFP, Southern California
Mark Pash is a Certified Financial Planner and a macroeconomic philosopher who retired and then created a non-profit, the Center for Progressive Economics, to make a better world for his grandchildren and the rest of humanity. Mark Pash grew up and worked in two separate family businesses, one in manufacturing and the other in retail stores. He went on to receive two business degrees, Bachelors and Masters from UCLA and USC respectively. Then he served as an officer in the business branch of the U.S. Army in the Quartermaster Corp. After the army, in 1984 he received his Certified Financial Planning designation from the College of Financial Planning and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, now the CFP Standards Board.
Over the past 45 years Mark has been very active in the financial industry helping clients with their income taxes, investments, mortgages, budgets, social security, medical coverage and scores of other business and personal financial issues. He was listed by Money Magazine as one of the top financial planners in the nation in 1987.
Mark founded a number of financial organizations and served as an officer of various industry corporations and associations. His extensive background brings a grounded understanding of the practical and theoretical in the field of macroeconomics. He has written many articles, and two books, Economic Theory of Relativity (1999), Creating a Win-Win Economy: Solutions for the Robotic Age (2016). Mark has long been active in politics serving on various campaign committees and running for Congress. Mark has been married for over 50 years to his wife Ruth. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.
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