President and Trustee
The Springcreek Foundation
Local Food Alliance
Panelist-Sustainable Growth: New Models for Funding Sustainable Food Systems
Ali Long is a mother, conservationist, impact investor, President and Trustee of The Springcreek Foundation (TSF) in Corte Madera, California, and Founder and Director of Local Food Alliance (LFA) in Wood River Valley, Idaho. In these various capacities, Ali integrates social mindedness and environmental awareness, ever cognizant of the legacy and responsibility we will leave to our children. TSF aspires to strengthen our community through individual and collaborative grants and investments; collaborative investments foster the transition to a conservation economy, with a focus on sustainable food systems. The LFA’s mission is to create a healthy local food system and restore food security in the Wood River Valley. Ali has been committed professionally and personally to Philanthropy Promotion & Education since 1996, and now focuses her professional energy on the synergistic reform of our food and financial systems in order to achieve a balanced global environmental and social system. Through her leadership and as a family member, Ali encourages her family (now in its seventh generation), donors, and community members to consider Impact-first and Financial-first Impact investments. Leveraging her experience with philanthropic tools, trends and strategies, as well as that of an investor, Ali catalyzes new community investors, and supports existing ones. She recently co-authored the White Paper, Promoting Sustainable Food Systems Through Impact Investing (available at www.thespringcreekfoundation.org). Ali serves on the boards of Presidio Graduate School of Sustainability in San Francisco, and Idaho’s Bounty in Ketchum, Idaho. Previously, Ali has been: a social entrepreneur and CEO of IntegriTeach, an online training start-up; Project Director for The Northwest Giving Project, an initiative to “inspire new philanthropists regionally” and a Microsoft Software Trainer. As a charter member of Social Venture Partners Seattle, she co-developed the partner education curriculum. She has served on the following boards: Philanthropy Northwest, Social Venture Partners Seattle, Wood River RideShare, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and Western Reserve Academy. Ali earned a B. A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and a Training Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington, Seattle.