Brian Czech, Executive Director

Brian Czech is the founding president of CASSE (2003), and signed on as Executive Director in 2017. 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 ShockShoveling 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 theory 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. Brian has been designated an “Eco-Champion” by PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), an “Eco-Hero” by Ecohearth, and one of the “Top 100 Inspirational Leaders” by the Post-Growth Institute. Contact Brian.


Casey Reiland, Managing Editor

Casey Reiland became CASSE’s first Managing Editor in 2019. She has a B.A. in English Writing, a certificate in Public and Professional Writing, and a certificate in Global Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. A Taube Award winner for creative writing, Casey has edited, written, and published articles for various academic and literary outlets. She has served as an editor at Collision Literary Magazine and interned with Autumn House Press. She is also a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Casey manages the Steady State Herald, book projects for the Steady State Press, and CASSE’s newsletter, the Steady StaterContact Casey.


Richard Tibbetts Jr., Communications Specialist

Richard Tibbetts Jr. joined CASSE in 2020. He has a B.A. in public relations and policy studies from Syracuse University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He served as the communications director of a victorious political campaign for Massachusetts state representative David Robertson. He interned at Racepoint Global, Adeo InterActive, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He also served as the host of the student-run political radio show “Orange State” at Syracuse University. Richard manages CASSE’s public relations campaigns, social media, video projects, and press releases. He is the producer of CASSE’s popular podcast, the Steady Stater. For all media inquiries. Contact Richard.

Madeline Baker

Madeline Baker, Internship Coordinator

Madeline Baker joined CASSE in February 2020 as an economic policy intern. Following a successful internship she joined CASSE’s staff as an administrative specialist. In 2021 she was promoted to internship coordinator, a position that entails recruiting, supervision, and project leadership. She has a B.S. in International Economics and Finance from Catholic University and is a master’s student of Applied Economics at the University of Maryland. Before joining CASSE, Madeline 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. Contact Madeline.

Herman Daly

Herman Daly, Chief Economist (Emeritus)

Herman 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 EconomicsFor the Common Good (with John Cobb), Valuing the EarthBeyond 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.

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