Vidya Sivan — President, Term: through 2020
Joshua Anderson — Treasurer, Term: through 2020
Greg Brodsky – Term: through 2018
Eli Feghali – Term: through 2018
Vidya Sivan is a transplant from the state of Minnesota. From a young age, Vidya showed a passion for the environment and social and economic justice. She remembers a time when she cried over the plight of seagulls, choking on plastic rings from pop cans littered on beaches. (Now she knows that seagulls are somewhat miserly creatures, but she still believes in the idea of saving the earth and its creatures from human transgressions.) Vidya’s studies were focused on educating middle and high school students as well on counseling psychology. Naturally, her day job is a digital communications specialist at Harvard Kennedy School.
Vidya is devoted to considering the intersection of justice, faith, and service, and her volunteer commitments reflect those values. She serves on her alma mater’s alumni board, on the neighborhood green team, on a group at work focused on mediating issues between management and staff, as well serving in multiple ways at her church.
Vidya loves to cook and talking about food and the environment. She was inspired by the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and has been finding ways to eat local since!
Joshua Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in management with a focus on accounting from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015. His thesis, “Investors’ Response to Limited Disclosure in an Unregulated Market”, examined the consequences of companies’ minimal financial disclosures between 1926 and 1928. Without information to measure “core earnings”, investors made wildly optimistic assumptions about future performance. Even before the stock market crash in 1929, investors in companies providing relatively less information lost 20% of their investment, on average. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Joshua worked as an internal auditor with the Air Force Audit Agency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Joshua also earned a Masters in Accounting from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and graduated from Swarthmore with a degree in Linguistics and minors in Mathematics and Chinese.
Joshua is an active member of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Central Square, Cambridge. He has served as St. Peter’s Treasurer for three years. He also participates in St. Peter’s CommonCare ministry, a feeding program open to the community twice a month. At CommonCare, Joshua often leads a team of four or five volunteers in preparing one of the five dishes from scratch that is served to the sixty or so people who come from as far away as Quincy for the food and community that CommonCare provides. Joshua is grateful for nearly always having something else to do when the three quarts of heavy cream needs to be whipped as the finishing touch on the dessert.
Joshua tries to take advantage of a number of the cultural opportunities available in Boston. You may find him at the Boston Ballet, a Handel and Haydn Society concert, or a science-themed play at the Central Square Theater. If so, feel free to say, “Hello” during intermission.
Greg Brodsky is the founder of The Bike Cooperative, co-founder of the Independent Brewers Alliance, and currently serves as board chair at the Cooperative Development Institute. Greg is currently launching Start.coop an accelerator for cooperatively owned businesses looking to scale.
Eli Feghali is the Director of Communications at the New Economy Coalition (NEC) and Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Eli immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was a year old. He has spent the majority of his professional life working as a communications specialist and community organizer. Eli has particular expertise in strategic communications, press relations, digital media strategy, and web design. His lifelong commitment to activism and social change began during his undergraduate career at Vanderbilt University, when Eli founded a student activist organization dedicated to addressing economic inequality. Through NEC and Beautiful Solutions, Eli works to tell the story of what another world could look like — and how we can get there. Eli lives in Cambridge, MA, where he enjoys walking his dog Rondo and watching as many Boston Celtics games as possible. Despite his love for pizza, Eli is vegan.