Elissa Hillary

Elissa Hillary

Elissa Hillary is committed to working at the leading edge of values-based capitalism — building sustainable local economies that put people first. As the president of Grand Rapids-based Local First since 2007, Hillary has brought together nearly a thousand businesses in West Michigan to collaborate in building a vibrant community that encourages sustainable business development. She has been named an Exemplary Executive by the Grand Rapids Young Non-Profit Professionals, a B Corp Measure What Matters Champion and one of the Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty leaders three times. She is also a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies fellow and a B Corp ambassador.

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Moving toward an inclusive economy

July 13, 2017
Here in West Michigan, we have several companies driving the growth of a more inclusive economy. These companies envision an economy in which businesses collaborate to be more inclusive, hire people from all backgrounds and cultures and protect the environment — all while earning a profit. Read More

From Tokyo to Grand Rapids: Building strong, local economies around the world

April 5, 2017
Last week, Local First had the incredible opportunity to host a group of business management consultants from Japan, who were visiting the United States for the fourth-annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Boston. Read More