Chris Hewitt is the executive director of the Hudson Valley Current, a digital local currency for the mid-Hudson Valley that guarantees that our money stays local. As a co-founder of the nonprofit project, Hewitt has helped grow the membership in the barter exchange to over 250 members that have exchanged over 200,000 Currents since January 2014. He launched the monthly newspaper Country Wisdom News—age-old and modern thoughts on community, land and 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. Hewitt created a third project of the HV Current—the Satisfy Hunger campaign, a local food security initiative—in July 2016. Chris Hewitt studied Professional & Technical Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on printing, publishing and journalism.