Back Row (L-R): Alexxis, Iev, Yarissa, Jamie, Kyra
Front Row (L-R): Kevin, Patsy, Luis, Kim, Hannah, Angelica
E. Kim Coontz, Executive Director
Kim has been working with cooperatives for more than 20 years. She was executive Director of Yolo Mutual Housing Association for four years. For more than 14 years Kim worked for the Center for Cooperatives at the University of California at Davis. Kim's experience includes assisting groups in the start-up of cooperatives, teaching cooperative board governance seminars, providing technical assistance to cooperatives, conducting research, writing and endeavoring to find new ways to grow and strengthen the cooperative business model. She has authored and co-authored more than 10 publications about cooperatives and written numerous articles. These include Cooperative Start-up manuals (Steps to Starting a Marketing Cooperative, and Steps to Starting a Worker Cooperative), and a book on child care cooperatives called Bringing Families Together: A Guide to Parent Cooperatives. In 2011 Cooperative Preschools International presented Kim with their National Award for Demonstrated Leadership. She has also published articles on housing cooperatives. In 2004 she was awarded Author of the Year by the National Association of Housing Cooperatives. Kim earned her Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Luis Sierra, Assistant Director
Luis has extensive experience in developing agricultural marketing organizations to carry out alternative marketing strategies including agricultural cooperatives, farmers’ markets, and investor owned businesses. Luis worked with the Rural Development Center in Salinas, CA to train mixed fruit and vegetable farmers to organize their own cooperative and later became an employee of that cooperative. He has extensive experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder initiatives such as food policy councils and farm-to-institution networks. For two years, he co-hosted and produced Local Dirt, an acclaimed radio show on KDVS focusing on local agriculture and food security issues. He serves as treasurer for Dos Pinos Limited Equity Housing Cooperative, and was a director for the Organic Farming Research Foundation from 2003-2008 and Marina Certified Farmers’ Market from 2003-2005.
Jamie Duong, Business Planning Assistant
Jamie served as a CCCD volunteer student intern for a year. She assisted with co-op business plans and budgeting. Jamie is employed part-time with CCCD while she completes her degree in Economics from UC Davis.
Ethan Khoe, Technology Administrator
Ethan manages our website, database and maintains our computers. As a Computer Science Major at UC Davis, Ethan works part time and is an integral part in helping CCCD run smoothly from a technical perspective.
Maria Olmedo, Cooperative Facilitator
Maria serves as cooperative mentor and manager for CCCD’s “Build and Recruit” Cooperative start-ups. Currently, she focuses on serving and supporting Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative (YECC). Maria works to facilitate the co-op’s business development, supporting members in learning all aspects of being and becoming owners, ensuring that the business is in good financial standing, mentoring and problem solving with members, responding to potential and current client needs, marketing the business, and assisting with fundraising. Maria has a BA in Social Science from California, State University Sacramento.
Yarissa Ramirez, Administrative Associate
Yarissa served as a student intern for CCCD for more than six months, helping Angelica promote YECC. Now she supports all staff and helps keep our office wheels turning. Yarissa works part time and is a student in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis.