The Team

Amy Cortese, Founder & Editor

Locavesting.com is the brainchild of Amy Cortese, an award-winning journalist, author and speaker whose recent work centers on the innovative intersection of crowdfinance and community. Amy was an editor at Business Week covering software and Internet technology in the 1990s, and as an independent journalist has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications. Her book, Locavesting, The Revolution In Local Investing And How To Profit From It, published in 2011, chronicles the local investing movement and explores how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

She created Locavesting.com to continue the conversation started by her book and to investigate the unfolding financial and economic transformation.

Amy has been named one of the Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leaders. She is a sought-after speaker and has given talks from Seoul, South Korea to TEDx Maui. She was a 2014 Change Agent in Residence at the Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute, the nation’s first sustainable MBA program.