Noel Ortega is the coordinator of the New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup), which is a partnership between YES! Magazine, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), the Living Economies Forum, and the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland.
Before coming to IPS in 2009, Noel was a student leader and activist in California and co-founded student organizations such as Global Resistance Network at Mt. San Antonio College and Students to End Hunger and Poverty at the University of California at Irvine. He has been a leader with Students for Peace and Justice, the Worker-Student Alliance, United Students for Fair Trade, the Real Food Challenge, and the Student Trade Justice Campaign, and he was an Oxfam America CHANGE leader.
Noel holds two BAs from the University of California at Irvine, where he conducted research on the impact of regional free trade agreements on rural communities.
The Tea Party Downgrade: Gambling America's Future on Wall Street
August 10 - Securing our future means looking for real solutions to our economic woes, not looking to Wall Street.
We're Not Broke, Just Twisted
May 24 - Reversing tax giveaways to the super-rich and the nation's largest corporations could raise $4 trillion within a decade and avert possible government closures.
Building The Movement to Stop Corporate Tax Evasion
April 11 - In response to a reader's comment, Noel Ortega looks at the recent successes of the US Uncut movement.