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.
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.