Born in Brooklyn, raised in suburbia at a time when our parents thought suburbia was cool (it never was), Frank went to college in rugged northern New England, served in the Peace Corps in considerably more rugged northern Afghanistan, attended law school in entirely mellow northern California (when it was cool), and practiced criminal law in the Bay Area for 10 years. In 1979 he moved to Santa Fe with the love of his life, Conci Bokum to build the obligatory passive solar adobe with the kind help of a number of friends and family. Frank worked at the Public Defender's Office and Attorney General’s Office, as chief counsel for the State Finance and Administration Department and, for 14 years, for the Taxation and Revenue Department and 6 more years for the Multistate Tax Commission.
Tom Johnson's 35-year career in journalism has taken him from the classroom to the newsroom and back many times. Johnson began using computers to tease meaning out of data in the early 1970s while a Ph.D. candidate studying the impact of technology on urban spaces. By the early 1980s, he was writing about dedicated word processing systems (think $13,000 in 1978 dollars) and covering the early stages of personal computing in Silicon Valley for TIME and Popular Science. Johnson was a reporter for TIME Magazine in El Salvador in the mid-1980s, the start-up editor of MacWEEK magazine and a deputy editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Helena Ribe is an international development economist, recently retired from the World Bank. She has worked with policy-makers, academics and civil society organizations all over the world. Her recent book (coauthored): “From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” has been widely quoted including in The Economist and in the World Development Reports published by the World Bank. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.