AMY CORTESE is an award-winning journalist & author who writes about topics spanning business, tech, finance and food. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former editor at Business Week. Her book, Locavesting: The Revolution In Local Investing And How To Profit From It, was one of the pioneering books about the emerging local investing and community capital movement. Written in the wake of the financial crisis, it explores how a small shift in investment towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

Building on the momentum of the book and the movement it helped to catalyze, she recently launched, a media site that covers the intersection of financial innovation + community.

Amy has been name a “Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leader,” and was present at the historic April 2012 Rose Garden signing of the JOBS Act by President Obama. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she is a frequent guest speaker, panelist and moderator.