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Megan Hobza founded and directs the Whittier Time Bank, which facilitates skill-sharing and skill-building to promote reciprocity and community self-reliance. She is a regional director for Catalyst Network of Communities, providing oversight for the time bank as well as the Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab project. She is a board member of The Whole Place at First Christian Church and the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition. As editor of the weekly Sustainable Whittier community events newsletter, she has created access to local news for over 1,000 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. Hobza's professional background is in grants consulting. She has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Business Administration.

Sharon Moiseiff founded and directs the Long Beach Free Store, and serves on the board of the Catalyst Network of Communities. She sits on the steering committee for the Whittier Time Bank, and is a co-founder of the Make Space: Free Store & Artisan Work Lab project in Whittier, California. She sits on the board of The Whole Place at First Christian Church. 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 has been a community leader in Whittier since 1998, when he founded the city's first community garden. Call works at Village Sudbury School, a school for self-directed learners ages 5-18 located adjacent to the Free Store. He also serves on the board of The Whole Place at First Christian Church, and is a regular volunteer at the Free Store. A high school dropout who opted for a G.E.D., transferred to Whittier College on a scholarship, and went on to complete graduate studies in democratic education, Stan questions the traditional school system he has taught in since 2000. He is currently part of a team led by Dr. Peter Gray of Boston College to study benefits of self-directed learning.