Sustainability & economic justice activist
David Roswell is a member of a group of activists called Regenerative Finance that grew out of Resource Generation, a place for young people with wealth to explore how their financial resources relate to social justice and to provide tools for them to take meaningful action. He facilitates a group in Durham working to learn about and actualize the redistribution of land, wealth, and power.
For the seven years, David has worked on sustainability and economic justice from many angles.
David graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics in December of 2013. He worked with the Oberlin Project researching economic development and local investment opportunities in Oberlin.
As an intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council, he worked to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He spent time organizing with Summer of Solutions in Chicago, a youth-led group working to build the green economy from the community level. Most recently, he worked as a crew leader for the Youth Conservation Corps in Yosemite National Park.
He was a co-founder of the Responsible Investing Organization, a student group dedicated to working with the college to align its investments with its values. While Roswell was a member, the organization successfully persuaded the Board of Trustees to pass a $5 million Impact Investing Platform, started a social choice scholarship fund, and hosted a policy symposium to define responsible investing for Oberlin.
Roswell is a professional potter, and trained as a licensed massage therapist, and talks openly about the joys and challenges of inherited wealth.