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Megan Hobza, MBA, is the Executive Director of Catalyst Network of Communities, providing oversight for Catalyst's projects including its flagship initiative, Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab. She serves as Secretary/Treasurer of The Whole Place of Whittier, founded and directs the Whittier Time Bank, co-founded the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition, and represents Catalyst as an organization member of the Just Love Coalition for social justice in Whittier. She is a past board member of Pasadena Child Development Associates, Inc. and Echo Park Time Bank, and served as board chair of the Arroyo Time Bank. In 2010, she established the weekly Sustainable Whittier newsletter, which creates access to local news -- seen through the lens of Transition -- for over 2,000 subscribers. Hobza is one of 50 community change agents across the nation to be honored as National Arts Strategies 2015 Creative Community Fellows. Her background in community change-making includes founding roles in the Altadena Urban Farmers Market, Strub Avenue Urban Farm, and the Urban Dinner Socials pop-up locavore vegan gastropub. As a strategic planning and proposal writing consultant for school districts, service agencies, and healthcare institutions, Hobza raised over $30 million in grant funding for community initiatives; her professional background informs her work as a community-building catalyst. 

Sharon Moiseiff founded and directs the Long Beach Free Store, and serves as Board Secretary of the Catalyst Network of Communities. She is a co-founder of the Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab project in Whittier, California, and serves as Vice Chair of The Whole Place of Whittier nonprofits incubator. She is a sharing economy enthusiast who started organizing free swap and community exchange events in 2009. In 2010, she established the Seven-Ten Swap at the Long Beach area community center operated by Catalyst, offering a free monthly community exchange and potluck. A year later she founded the Long Beach Free Store, a program of Catalyst, which has had three Long Beach brick-and-mortar locations since its opening – and continues to operate without a current location through pop-up free store events. Moiseiff has participated in numerous sharing economy and community building events including the Catalyst Center for Urban Sustainability, the Catalyst Giving Chain project, the Long Beach Human Library and LA’s Prom Closet, as well as over a hundred free swap and community exchange events and pop-up free store events all over Southern California.

Stan Call is a co-founder and co-manager of the Whittier Free Store. Call has been a community leader in Whittier since 1998, when he founded the city's first community garden. A high school dropout who opted for a G.E.D., Call transferred to Whittier College on a scholarship, and went on to complete graduate studies in democratic education. He served as part of a team led by Dr. Peter Gray of Boston College to study benefits of self-directed learning. Call questions the traditional school system he taught in between 2000 and 2016; in 2016, Call founded Village Learning Center for self-directed learners ages 7-18, located adjacent to the Free Store. Call is an apprentice electrician, a member of IBEW Local 11, and an employee of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned Co-op.