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About Civic Finance

Civic Finance is written by Edward Ring, a California native who became a journalist and political activist after spending the first half of his career working for private companies and start-ups. Ring is a contributing editor and senior fellow with the California Policy Center, a nonpartisan public policy research institute which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. He is also a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness, and a frequent contributor to the California Globe. Previously, from 2007 through 2010, while working for AlwaysOn Media, Ring designed and launched their highly successful “GoingGreen” conferences, which drew clean technology entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

During the 1990s Ring was CFO, then CEO, for Upside Magazine, a pioneering publication covering the intersection of high-tech and venture capital. Ring was CFO for Play Industries in 1999-2000, the first company to develop and commercialize a desktop platform for digital video production and internet video broadcasting. In 2003, Ring was Director of Strategic Planning for Anuvu, one of the first companies to build a prototype fuel cell vehicle.

In 2000 Ring founded the online environmental magazine EcoWorld, which he published for nine years. Up until sale in 2009, EcoWorld was a respected international voice promoting free-market environmentalism, something that is needed now more than ever. In 1998, Ring was involved in the formation and served as a founding director for Trees Water & People, an NGO that supports reforesting throughout Central America.

Ring is a prolific writer on the topics of political reform and sustainable economic development and the author of three books, Fixing California (2021), The Future is Now (2022), and The Abundance Choice: Our Fight for More Water in California (2022).  His work appears in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Forbes, The Economist, Real Clear Politics, The American Mind, American Greatness, Cal Matters, California Globe, City Journal, and other media outlets. Ring has an undergraduate degree in political philosophy from UC Davis, and an MBA in finance from USC.

How to manage public money, i.e., how to engage in civic finance in a manner that achieves optimal government, is one of the defining issues of our time. Almost every issue of consequence to humanity can be examined from the perspective of how public and private financial resources are deployed to meet its challenges and its opportunities. Hence the name for this website, and the motivation to try to use financial analysis to help bring clarity to political choices.

Edward Ring is available to speak to your organization on topics of political reform and sustainable economic development. Examples of his radio and video interviews can be found here.

California Policy Center articles

American Greatness articles

California Globe articles

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