Barbara Bole served as program associate and, later, associate director of the Metanexus Local Societies Initiative from 2001 to 2008. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Walden University with a specialization in international NGOs in 2008, summa cum laude. She is a doctoral candidate, researching ethical consumption identity as an emerging form of civic engagement in the pursuit of socio-economic justice. Her work explores the reflective practices of everyday consumption as a factor in advancing global awareness in the service of human flourishing. Currently working as a consultant in research, communication, writing, and editing, she also volunteers for her local Fair Trade Town Committee in Media, Pennsylvania, and in other capacities .