Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, economic development practitioner, philanthropic advisor, and impact investor. As the co-founder and director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance towards social movement collaboratives, seeking to transition the US from extractive capitalism towards new solidarity economies. CED is best known for its role in incubating the Boston Ujima Project, an emerging national model for the democratization of local finance capital. Before leading CED, Aaron was the Lead Organizer for the City of Boston's inaugural Participatory Budgeting process, and served as the startup managing director for the Boston Impact Initiative (BII). BII is Boston's first private impact investment fund, directing loans and private equity investments towards Boston’s working class communities of color. Until 2012, Aaron was co-founder and executive director of the Boston Workers Alliance (BWA), a grassroots organization nationally regarded for its precedent setting Ban the Box policy victory in 2010. Aaron is an Echoing Green Global Fellow, and former fellow with Green For All, BALLE, and Tufts Dept. of Urban Planning. He serves the boards of the Asian American Resource Workshop, Foundation for Civic Leadership, and the New Economy Coalition, and is a worker-owner of Olio Culinary Collective. Aaron holds a BA from Harvard University and an MS in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.