September: Economic Justice

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What does economic justice mean to you – as a woman in the workforce, as an immigrant without health care, as a mother with many mouths to feed. For those in our society whose avenues of opportunity in seeking economic justice are limited by the status quo between the haves and the have-nots.

Panelists: Jake Barnett, Elizabeth Garlow, Kim Lamberty – Learn more about our panelists below.
Host: Charish Badzinski

  1. Ask your money manager: How does this align with my values?
  2. Join a local cooperative.
  3. Learn more about tax policy and buy one fair trade product per month.

Fair Trade Federation
Learn more about fair trade and find fair trade companies in your area. The Fair Trade Federation is a trade association of fair trade enterprises fully committed to equitable and sustainable trading partnerships. We strengthen and support our members in order to grow the global movement of trade that values the health of the planet, and the labor, dignity, and equality of all people.

Francesco Collaborative
Our faith, our ethics, our accompaniment of the poor and marginalized, and our Catholic Social Tradition has been the inspiration to pioneer new strategies to move our money in the direction of more mission-aligned and equitable futures. We have made important strides, and still, have so far to go. To carve new paths toward bold and concrete action, we need a new kind of consciousness.

Are you looking to go deeper? Join the Investing ini Livable Futures Workshop January 10 – February 18, 2022. Contact:

Network Lobby
Learn more about tax policy and its relationship to social and economic justice.

Ownership Matters
Learn more about the Solidarity Economy by subscribing to the Ownership Matters newsletter.

Meet Our Panelists

Jake Barnett
Impact Investment Advisor

As the director of Sustainable Investment Stewardship (SIS) for Wespath and its subsidiaries’ investment programs, Jake leads Wespath’s shareholder advocacy and engagement efforts. Specifically, the SIS team focuses on engagement efforts that align with the values of The United Methodist Church and support the transition to a sustainable global economy. Previously, Jake was an institutional consultant at Morgan Stanley’s Graystone Consulting where he focused on engagement with faith-based and impact-oriented institutional investors. 

Jake co-chairs the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative, serves on the Climate Crisis Leadership Group for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and serves on the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Stewardship Advisory Committee. 

Jake received his bachelor’s degree in economics, international studies and political science from Ohio Wesleyan University. He also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.

Elizabeth Garlow
Educator, Advisor

Elizabeth Garlow is a fellow on faith and finance at the New America Foundation and co-founder of the Francesco Collaborative, a network of investors, entrepreneurs and changemakers drawing upon Catholic social teaching to transform the economy. 

Previously, Garlow helped lead impact investing for Lumina Foundation, where she invested in early stage ventures focused on designing new and more equitable education and work pathways. She previously served as a policy advisor with the Obama administration’s Community Solutions Task Force, where she managed the president’s Promise Zones initiative. She resides in Detroit, where she previously co-founded and led Michigan Corps, which launched the nation’s first statewide Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. 

Garlow is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and holds an MPA from Princeton University. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Dominical School of Philosophy and Theology for her work in impact investing and with the Economy of Communion and various initiatives to build a new moral economy.

Kim Lamberty
Director, Founder

Dr. Kim Lamberty has been developing and managing faith-based justice, peace, cross-cultural, and community service programs for over 25 years. She is currently director of justice, peace and integrity of creation at the Society of the Sacred Heart United States — Canada Province. She is also founder and president of Just Haiti, a fair trade coffee company that focuses on economic justice for vulnerable small scale farmers, and co-owner of Conscious Coffees (with her brother), another fair trade coffee company.  

Kim specializes in root causes of poverty, especially relating to economic justice and consumption. She has accompanied vulnerable communities and human rights workers in Haiti, Colombia, Palestine, Guatemala, the U.S.-Mexico border, among others. 

She holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and Washington Theological Union, and a Doctor of Ministry degree, in cross-cultural ministry, from Catholic Theological Union.

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