About Hudson Valley Current
The Hudson Valley Current is a nonprofit in the Mid-Hudson Valley Area that helps match unmet needs with underutilized resources— a way for people in our community to exchange goods and services without US dollars.
The Hudson Valley Current’s mission is to contribute to a sustainable society by supporting economic and social justice, the environment, community participation, and human aspirations. The Hudson Valley Current promotes economic strength and community self reliance, builds community pride, and provides benefits for local business and citizens— including public education.
To fulfill this mission, the Hudson Valley Current provides a variety of educational opportunities such as semi-monthly demonstrations aimed to help the public understand the importance of spending locally. These events bring the community together to learn about local economies through a range of forums including workshops, panels, and interactive discussion sessions.
Matching Unmet Needs
with Underutilized Resources
The Hudson Valley Current endeavors to help its community match unmet needs with underutilized resources by facilitating a mutual credit network.
Participating in this network is fairly straightforward— You simply agree to accept an additional form of payment known as Hudson Valley Currents in exchange for your goods and services. You spend the Currents you earn at other businesses who accept Currents.
Chris Hewitt is the executive director of the Hudson Valley Current, a digital local currency for the mid-Hudson Valley. As a co-founder of the nonprofit project, Hewitt has helped grow the membership in the barter exchange to over 210 members that have exchanged over 160,000 Currents since January 2014. He launched the monthly newspaper Country Wisdom News—age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land and the home—in August 2010, which is now a nonprofit educational component of the Hudson Valley Current. Country Wisdom News, with its new economy insert (Livelihood magazine), reaches over 30,000 readers in Ulster and Dutchess counties each month. Chris Hewitt studied Professional & Technical Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on printing, publishing and journalism.
Paul Smart is a veteran community journalist in the Hudson Valley who writes and edits for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has produced film and theater, curated several art exhibits, written several books, and hosted and produced a regular radio program about Work for a number of years.
Director of Local Currency
Liz Harrington, has over 20 years experience matching business needs with talent, content and digital media solutions. She is currently working as an independent growth and new economy strategy consultant from clicks to bricks. In addition to her work with the Hudson Valley Current, she is also Head of Growth for PivotGround, a digital strategy agency that helps nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and hopefully make the world a little better. Previous work saw Liz with Associated Press and Getty Images. She is a board member for O+, holds a B.S. in cultural anthropology from SUNY Brockport, and is certified in intellectual property law from New York University.
Ambassador Program Director
Sonia is an Ulster County native who attended Rondout Valley High School, received a bachelor's in health sciences with a concentration on public health from SUNY Stony Brook, and a master's in public health from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She returned home to found her own company, Socially Passionate Consulting.
Our Board of Directors
Our Advisory Board Includes:
- Nelson Conde, United Nations Credit Union
- Scott Cullen Jenkinstown Motors
- Ahmad Khabra, Jerusalem Stone
- Joanne Leffeld, Moolah Doula
- Brendan Mullally, Beeline Moving
- Johnny LeHane, HV Startup Fund
- Kelly Maroney, Ulster Savings
- Tim Moore, Digital Hudson
- Melissa Orozco, Turkey Point Ltd.
- Nancy Ostrovsky, fine artist
- Jennifer Schwartz-Berky, Hone Strategic
- Noa Simons, HV Startup Fund