Trinity Tran

Trinity is the co-founder and lead organizer of Public Bank LA, and founder and lead organizer for Revolution LA and Divest LA. The Divest LA coalition succeeded in pushing the City of Los Angeles to divest its finances from Wells Fargo Bank in December 2017. Public Bank LA lead the grassroots Measure B campaign in the 2018 Midterm General Election in Los Angeles securing over 430,000 votes in support of public banking. Trinity is a founding member of the California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA), a statewide coalition of grassroots public banking advocacy groups. She is a board member of Urban Partners Los Angeles, a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of underprivileged communities in Los Angeles through food and educational resources.

David Jette

Dave Jette is a Co-Founder and Legislative Director of Public Bank LA. Dave is a financial analyst and consultant with ten years in the tech, real estate and startup sector. He is a lifelong activist and organizer in the arts and social finance and a resident of Leimert Park.

Phoenix Goodman

Phoenix is the Co-Founder of Public Bank LA, Founding Member of Revolution LA, and Policy Writer for Divest LA. Phoenix is a Los Angeles-based advocate for a socially responsible public banking system. He co-organized the Divest LA movement which successfully lobbied LA City Hall to withdraw its contracts from Wells Fargo as a result of their unethical business practices.

Ben Hauck

Ben Hauck is a co-founder and Political Director of Public Bank LA. He is the Political Director for Revolution LA and Director of Partnerships for Divest LA. He works on a wide range of progressive issues, but focuses on the environment and fighting for environmental justice. Ben is a trained Climate Reality ambassador, where he communicates about climate change science, challenges and solutions. He is the creator of Fight Climate Denial, an organization dedicated to combating misinformation and misdirection from the fossil fuel industry and its denialist networks. When Ben is not trying to save humanity from itself, he can be found hiking in the mountains of California or camping under the stars with his trusty telescope and a cold IPA.

Carlos Marroquin

Carlos Marroquin is a founding team member of Public Bank LA and Director of Community Organizing, Founder Occupy Fights Foreclosures, and Lead Organizer of Bernie Sanders Brigade.

Josh Androsky

Josh Androsky is a founding team member of Public Bank LA. He was a TV writer and comedian before Trump’s election and now has devoted his life to activism with the Democratic Socialists of America and Public Bank LA.

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown, J.D is the Founder and Chairman of the Public Banking Institute and Public Bank LA Advisory Board Member. Ellen developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. She is the author of 12 books, including the groundbreaking Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. In the latter book, traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how the people can take that power back through public banks operating in the public interest. Ellen has written over 200 articles, and originally served as Chairman and President. She has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.

Marc Armstrong

Marc Armstrong is the President of Commonomics USA, Founder of Divest and Build and Public Bank LA Advisory Board Member. Marc is a communications and operations professional who has helped shape the public banking movement, beginning when he co-founded the Public Banking Institute in 2011. He recently helped launch the California Public Banking Alliance and the Friends of Public Banking campaign. With a work history that includes working for IBM Finance and software development partners of SAP, Marc brings a deep understanding of banking and organizing to the public banking movement.

Madeline Merritt

Madeline Merritt is a core organizer with Public Bank LA. For the 2018 #YesOnB campaign in Los Angeles, she was Community Outreach Director, securing endorsements from inter-sectional groups across the nation. Her goal is to divest public dollars from financial institutions that are funding the destruction of our planet. She is a water protector and community organizer who seeks to transform global systems to put the long term interests of people and planet over the short term interests of the few. She believes many of the world's issues can be addressed by shifting financial power to the public interest, and using profit to fund our communities' just transition to a regenerative economy.

Chris Roth

Chris Roth has been a resident of Los Angeles since 2003. He has been an active member of the community in those years, becoming particularly involved in local activism since leaving his engineering manager position at SpaceX in 2015. He is an active member in the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, a community organizer with Ground Game Los Angeles, a core organizer with the Public Bank LA movement, and a board member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. As part of the 2018 Yes on B campaign in Los Angeles, Chris helped secure multiple democratic club endorsements for the measure and was part of the press outreach team. He firmly believes that public funds should solely be used for public good. He knows that public banking is the only solution for a divestment from blatantly selfish corporate banks. He also believes that this movement is a cornerstone for environmental justice, and absolutely fundamental in not simply surviving but thriving as we wrestle with a changing climate.