Amy Belanger's campaigns have banned offshore drilling in the Federal and State waters off the coast of Florida, stopped construction of a toxic waste facility in Northwest Florida, protected 1.2 million acres of Southern Appalachian forests, raised millions of dollars for environmental and social justice programs, helped dozens of organizations achieve greater cohesion and effectiveness, and jumpstarted numerous social change programs.
Belanger is co-founder and former executive director of the Green Party USA. She is former director of Student Environmental Action Coalition, Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, and Gulf Coast Environmental Defense, and former deputy director of Green America's Green Business Network. She was a steering committee member for the founding of the National People's Progressive Network, with former Jesse Jackson campaign director and 1992 Presidential candidate, Ron Daniels, in 1992. She was ballot access director and staff writer for Ralph Nader for President 2004. She is producer/publisher of Return the Great Forest: A Conservation Vision for the Southern Appalachian Region. Other nonprofits and companies she founded include Southern Citizen Resource Center, an environmental and social justice organizing space headquartered in Pensacola, Florida; Kansas City Barter Bucks, a community barter-based currency; and Idealist Gifts, a sustainable economy initiative. She is an award winning journalist and fiction writer/author, a certified Guerrilla Marketing coach, and a skilled coach, facilitator and mediator.
Currently working toward a masters of science in psychology, Belanger utilizes psychological insights and social science research to inform strategies for social, personal, and organizational change. She has applied her skills to organizational restructuring and turnarounds, conflict resolution and dispute mediation, staff and board vision quests, individual and team coaching, and psychology-informed environmental and social justice campaign strategy.
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