Brian Czech, Executive Director

Brian Czech is the founding president of CASSE (2003), and signed on as Executive Director in 2018. Czech served as the first conservation biologist in the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and concurrently as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. He is the author of several books including Supply Shock, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy, as well as over 50 academic journal articles. His primary contributions to ecological economics pertain to the “trophic” origins of money, the process of technological progress, and the political “steady state revolution.” Czech is a frequent speaker, moderator, commentator, and regular contributor to the Steady State Herald. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Contact Brian via email.

Casey Reiland, Managing Editor

Casey Reiland is a native Pennsylvanian who started at CASSE in September 2019. Prior to joining the team, Casey received a B.A. in English Writing and two certificates in Public and Professional Writing and Global Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She has edited, written, and published articles for various academic and literary magazines and presses within the Pittsburgh, PA area. Casey has also worked in the nonprofit sector within the communications and website development fields. An avid reader, Casey utilizes her copyediting skills and creativity to help spread the CASSE mission and its educational efforts. She manages the Steady State Herald, book projects for the Steady State Press, and CASSE’s newsletter, the Steady Stater. Contact Casey via email.

Richard Tibbetts Jr., Communications Specialist

blankRichard (Rick) Tibbetts Jr. joined the CASSE team in June 2020. He is from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a B.A. in public relations and policy studies. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Richard accumulated extensive internship experience at reputable organizations like Racepoint Global, Adeo InterActive, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He also served as the communications director of a victorious political campaign in his home district. As Communications Specialist, Richard is eager to invigorate CASSE’s messaging and bring the mission of steady statesmanship to new and diverse audiences. For all media inquiries. Contact Richard via email.

Skyler Perkins, Projects Manager


Skyler Perkins joined CASSE in June 2018, following his graduation with an M.S. degree from the University of Vermont, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics. He also received a certificate in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute. Skyler’s research has focused on ecological economics and sustainable food systems. He brings academic principles of cybernetics to the advancement of the steady state economy, along with applied skills in facilitation, photography, and videography. In addition to managing CASSE projects, Skyler coordinates the CASSE Internship Program, which typically hosts 10-12 interns per semester. Contact Skyler via email.

Ashfia Khan, Policy Specialist


Ashfia Khan is a Policy Specialist with the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Prior to this, she worked as a CASSE legal intern. She completed her undergraduate degree in Film and Media Arts at American University, and is currently pursuing a J.D. at George Washington University. Contact Ashfia via email.


Madeline Baker, Administrative Specialist

Madeline Baker

Madeline Baker joined CASSE in February 2020 as an intern. She is a rising senior (as of summer 2020) at Catholic University (CU), pursuing a degree in International Economics and Finance. Before joining CASSE, Madeline had interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She also worked as a research fellow and teaching assistant for the Department of Economics at CU. Following her CASSE internship, Madeline stayed on as an Administrative Specialist, working behind the scenes to help with operations. Contact Madeline via email.

Herman Daly, Chief Economist (Emeritus)

Herman DalyHerman Daly is on the CASSE Board of Directors and serves as the chief economic advisor for CASSE publications and projects. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994 he was a senior economist at the World Bank, and prior to that a professor of economics at Louisiana State University. He holds a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt, where he was advised by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. He co-founded the journal Ecological Economics and has written many articles and books, including Steady-State Economics, For the Common Good (with John Cobb), Valuing the Earth, Beyond Growth, and the textbook Ecological Economics (with Josh Farley). Herman is a recipient of Sweden’s Honorary Right Livelihood Award, the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, the Leontief Prize, the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, and the NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award.