For over 20 years, Alisa Gravitz has helped pioneer and lead the national agenda to create a socially and environmentally responsible economy. She is the executive director of Co-op America, the national nonprofit membership organization working on marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems. In recent years she helped develop groundbreaking initiatives in a broad range of markets, including the magazine industry for increased use of paper with recycled content, solar energy for achieving economies of scales and price reductions, and financial services for reforming predatory lending practices.
Gravitz is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She co-authored Co-op America’s acclaimed guide to social investing, which is used by over half a million investors. She is vice president of the Social Investment Forum, the national socially responsible investment industry association, and has played a key role in its growth to $2.2 trillion. She is the 1995 recipient of the Socially Responsible Investing Service Award and was recently named by Green Business Letter as one of the six most important people who are changing the way companies think about the environment.
Gravitz serves on the boards of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, the Social Investment Forum, Co-op America, Social Venture Network, the Positives Future Network, and the Anacostia Watershed Society.
Prior to Co-op America, Gravitz worked on the development of energy efficient technology for the Carter administration, conducting market, economic, and financial analyses for the commercialization of conservation and solar technologies. Gravitz earned a BA in economics and environmental science from Brandeis University and an MBA from Harvard University in marketing and finance.