CCCD Staff and Interns
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.
Gianna Banducci, Cooperative Development Specialist
Gianna joined CCCD in June 2019. She first stepped into the world of co-ops as a member of Arizmendi Bakery in San Rafael. In addition to learning the ropes of commercial baking, she supported the growth of the co-op’s community partnerships and engagement. Following this, Gianna spent the next three years building Our Table Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder food and farm co-op located near Portland, Oregon. As a founding member, Gianna dedicated her efforts to marketing, sales, outreach, and organizational structure and process. During her time in Oregon, Gianna also served on the boards of Alberta Co-op Grocery, as vice president, and Our Table Cooperative, as treasurer. Over the years, Gianna has collaborated with small entrepreneurs on organizational visioning, multi-channel marketing strategy, business development, and community growth. Gianna earned her Master's degree in Food Culture and Communications from l’Università degli studi di Scienze Gastronomiche.
Jamie Duong, Cooperative Business Specialist
Jamie began her tenure with CCCD as a volunteer student intern. Following a year of interning, Jamie joined the staff. She specializes in worker and housing cooperatives. Jamie has contributed to developing 7 feasibility studies/business plans, and is our “go to” for patronage accounting and audits. She coordinates CCCD’s business planning and housing internship programs. Jamie has a BS in Economics with minors in Accounting and Classical Civilization from UC Davis.
Frances Andrews, Bookkeeper
Frances joined the CCCD staff with more than 20 years of bookkeeping experience. She is integral to managing CCCD’s accounts, including supporting grant budgeting, management, and financial compliance. Frances' professsional experiences are broad, including operating her family farm for 10 years, and leading a gardening business that focused on permaculture. She has a BA in History from Duke University.
Rafael Flores-Jones, System / Network Administrator and IT Support Specialist
Rafael has provided over fifteen years of services to multiple non-profit, residential and commercial clients, including CCCD for the past twelve years. Most recently he migrated CCCD’s infrastructure to cloud-based platforms to facilitate staff working at home during the Covid-19 Shelter in Place order, and he continues to provide ongoing support for data management, security, analytics, and user account management. Rafael has been instrumental in CCCD’s 2020 efforts to provide workshops as webinars, which have been viewed live by hundreds of individuals. He manages behind-the-scenes aspects of deployment, monitors events, and conducts post seminar outreach, including editing recordings for upload to media platforms. Rafael holds degrees in Computer Science, Graphic Communication, and Fine Art, as well as multiple industry certifications.
Vinita Domier, Administrative and Event Planning Associate
Vinita has over ten years in office administrative experience and more than 20 years of experience in planning and organizing social, cultural, educational, and fundraising events. In 2019, US Rep. John Garamendi honored Vinita with a Congressional commendation as Woman of the Year for volunteerism. Vinita has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
Pedro Maturana, Cooperative Specialist/Facilitator
Pedro recently joined CCCD’s staff as Cooperative Facilitator for our worker cooperative initiatives. Pedro’s experience includes seven years as a worker member with Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzaria Emeryville where he was involved in member recruitment, orientation, training, and scheduling. For two years he worked with the Arizmendi Association, the entity that provides development support and technical assistance to the member bakeries. In this capacity he developed procedures, systems of accountability, as well as coordination and facilitation support. Pedro has a BS in Philosophy and double minor in professional writing and sociology.
Christina Bolanos, Training and Education Associate
Christina brings with her over a decade of experience in home care services and is an experienced healthcare worker. She currently holds a psychiatric technician license from the State of California. She will assist with designing and implementing a multi-year training program that includes both home care and business management topics. Christina has a B.S. in Gerontology from Sacramento State.
Julia Hagelberg, Communications Associate
Julia is passionate about community service, advocacy and working with diverse communities. Throughout college, she spent extensive time working within the learning disability community as an educator for young students and advocating for their equal opportunities within the American education system. She will assist with developing a sustainable outreach program to ensure long-lasting relationships between the co-op and the community. Julia has a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Human Rights from UC Davis.