Ted Nace is currently the director of CoalSwarm, a collaborative information clearinghouse for anti-coal activists. Founded in 2008, it serves as a nerve center for the grassroots movement that has stopped the construction of over 130 proposed coal plants. Nace's most recent book is Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal. He is also the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy, a historic examination of the rise of corporations in Britain and the United States, and the development of judicial doctrines of corporate rights. He speaks frequently on coal, climate change, and the influence of corporate power in American politics. He writes for a variety of publications, most frequently for the environmental blog Grist.
Nace is the founder of Peachpit Press, a leading publisher of books on digital graphics and Macintosh computers, including such million-copy bestsellers as The Macintosh Bible, The Little Mac Book, and the Visual QuickStart Guide series. He serves on the advisory board of MAPLight, a nonpartisan organization tracking the influence of money on federal and state politics. He previously worked as staff director of the citizens group Dakota Resource Council, as an editor for PC World magazine, and as a columnist for Publish! and Computer Currents.
He received a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.