Jean Ann Ramey

unnamedJean Ann Ramey is founder and executive director of Environment, Economics and Society Institute, where she directs and supports economic research projects focused on the human health and societal impacts of energy use and global climate change. She is also a co-founder of the energy and environmental consulting firm Synapse Energy Economics. At Synapse, Ms. Ramey organized the development and achievement of current and long-term organization goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; advised in facilities and business management functions; and consulted on issues within the electric industry, with particular attention on public health and consumer education. Her professional experience also includes working as an economist in the Electric Power Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and as an analyst at Tellus Institute.

Ms. Ramey holds an MA in Energy and Environmental Studies from Boston University, and a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma. She spent a summer studying climate change at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and has done graduate work at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Robin Hahnel


Robin Hahnel is Professor Emeritus from American University in Washington DC and Research Associate in the economics and systems science departments at Portland State University. He has also taught at the University of Maryland at College Park, Lewis and Clark College, Manchester University (England), Catholic University (Peru), and the University of Havana (Cuba). He is author of Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation, The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach, and co-author of Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics and The Political Economy of Participatory Economics. He has been active in various campaigns and organizations working for peace, economic justice, and environmental sustainability for fifty years. Most recently he worked on the Portland Climate Action Plan 2015 for the city’s Department of Planning and Sustainability, and on e3’s future economy research initiative. Robin received his BA in economics from Harvard University and his PhD in economics from American University.