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.


Haley Mullins, Managing Editor

Haley Mullins joined the CASSE team as Managing Editor in 2021. She has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Appalachian State University, and she’s currently finishing up an M.P.S. in Publishing at The George Washington University. Prior to coming to CASSE, Haley taught middle school English, edited for an online news source, and was a freelance writer. Haley manages the Steady State Herald, book projects for the Steady State Press, and CASSE’s newsletter, the Steady Stater. Contact Haley.

James Lamont, communications specialist at CASSE

James Lamont, Communications Specialist

James Lamont joined CASSE as Communications Specialist in August 2021. He received his B.A.S. in Sustainability Management from St. Petersburg College. He previously produced and hosted a weekly political essay segment on WMNF 88.5 FM, and independently produced the news and current affairs podcast Climate Breakdown. As a freelance commentator, James has written extensively about economics, environmentalism, and culture for various outlets. James manages CASSE’s public relations, social media, and press releases, and also produces CASSE’s podcast, The Steady Stater. Contact James.

Taylor Lange, CASSE's ecological economist

Taylor Lange, Ecological Economist

Taylor Lange joined CASSE in 2021. He has a B.A. in Environmental Planning and an M.A. in Geography from Binghamton University. Taylor also has an M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Environmental Science (defending in November, 2021). His work has been published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics and the Cooperative Business Journal. Taylor leads CASSE’s GDP Correlates Project, a data-driven investigation on the environmental and social impacts of GDP growth. Contact Taylor.


Elise Miner, Internship Coordinator

Elise Miner joined CASSE in June 2020 as an Editorial Intern and returned in 2021 as Internship Coordinator. She is responsible for recruiting, orienting, and supervising CASSE’s interns. Before joining CASSE, Elise interned for the International Rescue Committee and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently completing her B.A. in English at Georgetown University and writing a senior thesis on Virginia Woolf and the Philosophy of Aesthetics. Contact Elise.

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.

CASSE Interns

Spring 2022 CASSE Interns and Staff