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The Honorable Willie Brown, Jr. Joins ecoATM Advisory Board

Former Speaker of the California State Assembly and Mayor of the City of San Francisco to aid automated e-waste recycling kiosk company on promoting technology and environmental innovations

ecoATM®, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, today announced that Mr. Willie Brown, Jr. has joined the company’s Advisory Board to aid ecoATM in its efforts to champion environmental and technology innovations that support consumers, local economies and communities. As the longest serving Speaker of the California State Assembly and one of only two African Americans to hold that post, Mr. Brown’s public service career spanned more than four decades. During that time, he also served as Mayor of the City of San Francisco.

As Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Brown was instrumental in creating a regulatory climate which fostered technological innovation, economic growth and environmental leadership. His tenure as mayor, which ended January 2004, is known as a time of increased real estate development, public works and other large-scale city projects. Mr. Brown also presided over the city during the .dot com era, when San Francisco’s high-tech economy grew rapidly.

“I am excited about joining the board of advisors for ecoATM, as the company is a wonderful example of a California-born business that is technologically forward and environmentally friendly,” said Brown. “ecoATM puts money into the hands of consumers and encourages responsible recycling to protect the environment by recycling those old electronics in a safe and secure manner. I look forward to working with ecoATM.”

“Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream and one of the largest environmental problems we face. At ecoATM, we address the electronic waste problem by using technological innovation to inspire mass participation in recycling, and in so doing deliver great value to consumers and their communities,” said David Mersten, chief legal officer. “Mr. Brown is one of the most iconic, well-respected and longest serving politicians in the history of California. We are excited to have Mr. Brown join our advisory board to assist us in championing environmental and technological innovation.”

Mr. Brown joins an elite group of community leaders, including former San Diego Chief of Police William Lansdowne, Retired Commissioner Maury Hannigan and Retired Deputy Chief Carter Jackson on the Advisory Board. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a liberal studies degree and earned his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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About ecoATM

ecoATM, is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM’s eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution with features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones, and the company collaborates with national, state, and local law-enforcement groups in combating mobile phone theft through innovative use of technology and education (

ecoATM holds Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling, as well as ISO27001 certification for information and personal data security. See for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works.