Newell Lessell

Newell Lessell is chief financial officer of employee-owned Chroma Technology, which has offices on three continents; previously, he was for a decade president of the ICA Group, a nonprofit consulting organization with expertise in cooperatives and nonprofits. While at ICA Lessell helped raise more than $3 million for social purpose ventures, including the national Alternative Staffing Alliance, whose mission is to bring the disadvantaged into the mainstream labor market. Lessell, who has a MBA from the Yale School of Management, has taught entrepreneurship and financial analysis courses. He has also been a management consultant in Central Europe. Lessell is a member of the Banyan Project Inc. Board of Directors.


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The Banyan Project is a nonprofit organization founded from the thinking of 31 senior journalists, academics, Web developers, sociologists and researchers, business and financial strategists, and advocates for strengthening democracy brought together by Tom Stites. Members of this Board of Advisors are listed below; click on names to see bios.

Stites shaped Banyan's model as a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is now helping a committee of community leaders who are organizing Haverhill Matters, the nation's first community Web news co-op in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

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