John Harrington, PhD is President of Harrington Investments, Inc., as well as a Manager of Community Commercial Ventures, LLC. Mr. Harrington has a BA degree in Political Science from Sonoma State University and has studied graduate economics at Sacramento State University, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of York, England.
John received his MA degree in Humanities from Dominican University. His master’s thesis was entitled “The Morality of Materialistic Self-Interest: The Corporation and the State”. In 2007, he received the Sonoma State University ‘Distinguished Alumni’ award. John was awarded a PhD in Philosophy at the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory, The Australian National University (ANU) for his dissertation entitled “The Failure to Constrain Corporate Social Injury, The State, the Stakeholder and the Fiduciary.”
Over the years John has held several NASD licenses, including Series 6, 7, 24, 26, and 63. He is the author of Investing With Your Conscience: How to Achieve High Returns Using Socially Responsible Investing (John Wiley & Sons, 1992) and The Challenge to Power: Money, Investing and Democracy (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2005).
Mr. Harrington’s current affiliations and positions include:
- Board Member, Scott Raymond Evans Foundation
- Member of Green Century President’s Circle
- Board Member & Treasurer, Community Development Finance
- Board Member & Owner, Capra Press
Former affiliations and positions include:
- Board Member & Treasurer, Global Exchange
- Board Member, Corporate Accountability International
- Board Member, Eleos Foundation
- President & Chairman of the Board, Working Assets Management Company
- Advisory Board Member, The Rose Foundation
- Chairman of the Board, Progressive Asset Management
- Chairman, California Governor’s Public Investment Task Force
- Advisory Board Member, Women for Women International
- Member, Sacramento Board of Administration, Investment and Fiscal Management
- Consultant, California State Senate Select Committee on Investment Priorities & Objectives
- Consultant, Senate Committee on Energy & Public Utilities, California Legislature
- Consultant, California State & Consumer Services Agency
- Statewide Political Coordinator, California Council of Service Employees, SEIU, AFL-CIO
- Chair, N. CA Support Association for the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society
- Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco
- Board Member, Northern California Community Loan Fund
- Co-Chair, KPFA Radio Capital Campaign
- Board Member & Treasurer, Collective Heritage Institute (Bioneers)
- Board Member, Mountain Lion Foundation
- Board Member, Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair, Pesticide Action Network
- Board Member & Treasurer, The Land Trust of Napa County
- Board Member, Light Index Investment Company
- Manager, Global Partners, LLC
- Board Member, Waterhealth International
- Board Member, Preservation Napa Valley
Business enterprises evolved from small private companies into largely independent, semi-sovereign publicly traded corporations, unrestrained by national and state governments and civil society. This resulted in excessive individual and corporate materialistic self-interest causing widespread social injury.
HII has been filing resolutions at Monsanto (MON) for at least two decades on issues of dangerous pesticides sold overseas, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), environmental sustainability, climate change, and on many corporate governance issues, including Proxy...
John Harrington has reintroduced a resolution to Monsanto asking for a study in response to the growing public outcry over the dangers of its products and the growing resistance against its use. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has...
Napa, CA – Shareholders of Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest for profit healthcare insurance companies, voted 67% in favor of the right to nominate directors, as proposed by John Harrington, CEO of Harrington Investments in Napa. With the surprisingly large...
Maybe we should take politics out of the corporations entirely. We only need to ignore these facts: Corporations are the creation of the state and a social institution authorized to do business by government. Corporations continue to dominate the electoral process by...
by John Harrington, published in The Huffington Post No one needs to remind us of the cataclysmic U.S. economic crisis and resulting great recession beginning in 2008, primarily caused by excessive speculation in housing mortgage financing and the leveraging of exotic...