For Science and Technology of, by & for the People



Loka's Board of Trustees


Colleen Cordes is a public policy consultant for non-profits and the former Executive Director of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. She helped found the Alliance for Childhood and is a former journalist, having covered science and technology policy for The Chronicle of Higher Education for many years.

Shirley J. Jones is a Distinguished Service Professor in the
School of Social Welfare at the University of Albany. She has also initiated and organized annual international study tours to African nations to promote African and American collaborations for planned change and development. She is the co-editor of the book, Preparing Helping Professionals to Meet Community Needs: Generalizing from the Rural Experience, (Council on Social Work Education, 1998). She is presently looking at global, rural, social and economic development and its implications for social work.

Tosha Link is the former Executive Director of Community Harvest in
Washington, DC, which promotes "good food for all" by creating a locally rooted, sustainable food system that meets the needs of low-income communities and small farmers in the region. Community Harvest operates an urban demonstration mini-farm that educates schoolchildren, trains youth leaders on issues of action to combat hunger and food and environmental injustices, and networks with small farmers to connect them with food security issues.

Penny Newman is Executive Director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in Riverside, California. Penny's experience in community organizing and policy advocacy arose from her role as the Chair of Concerned Neighbors in Action, a community group focused on the health and safety issues posed by the Stringfellow Acid Pits, a site on the Federal Superfund list. She has also worked with communities across the nation as Western Field Organizer for the Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste.

Langdon Winner is a Professor of Political Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-director of the Center for Cultural Design.  His work focuses on social and political issues that surround modern technological change. His web log is Technopolis and he is the author of Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought (MIT Press, 1978), and The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Rick Worthington, Chair, is a Professor of Politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California , and chairs the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the Claremont Colleges. His research and teaching center on science, democracy, and social change. He served as the U.S. coordinator of World Wide Views on Global Warming, the first global citizen policy consultation in history. Rick is co-editor of Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance, (Earthscan, 2011) and author of Rethinking Globalization: Production, Politics, Actions (Peter Lang Publishing, 2000).