April 28-29, 2019 - Sacramento, CA
California Center for Cooperative Development
Venue: Sacramento Scottish Rite Temple
6151 H Street, Sacramento
Nathan Schneider is a journalist and an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder who writes about economy, technology, and religion. His most recent book is Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by Nation Books, and two previous books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, were both published in 2013 by University of California Press. His articles have been published in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Catholic Worker, and others. He writes regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly, and he is a contributing editor for YES! Magazine. In 2015, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at The New School, and co-edited the subsequent book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. Follow his work on social media at @ntnsndr or at his website, nathanschneider.info.
Partial List of Additional Speakers
Jeff Bessmer is a co-op management professional who has served as Executive Director of Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-ops and Waterloo Co-operative Residences, as well as General Manager of Tacoma Food Co-op. Jeff has served on 8 co-op Board of Directors and has started new housing and secondary co-ops, as well as serving as a co-op educator and consultant. He holds a Masters of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions degree from Saint Mary's University and currently works for Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.
Linda Brockway is currently the Treasurer of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC), and has served on the Board of Directors since October, 2000. Linda is a national speaker for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and has spoken for the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives, The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, NCBA, CCCD, and numerous local associations. Ms. Brockway has also worked to develop the governance, strategic planning training courses, and Resident Cooperative Manager Classes, which are offered by NAHC.
E. Kim Coontz Executive Director, California Center for Cooperative Development, has been working with cooperative enterprises for over 20 years. She has assisted in the start-up of more than 28 cooperatives, authored and co-authored more than 10 publications about cooperatives and written numerous articles. Prior to her employment with CCCD, Kim was Executive Director of Yolo Mutual Housing Association, a nonprofit developer of cooperatively-governed affordable housing in Davis, CA. She also spent 14 years in an academic position with the Center for Cooperatives at the University of California at Davis.
Mark Fick is the Director of Lending with Shared Capital Cooperative where he leads the business development, loan underwriting and portfolio management functions of the organization. As a cooperatively owned loan fund, Shared Capital works to build economic democracy by providing financing throughout the United States to cooperatively owned enterprises including consumer, worker, and producer owned cooperatives. Prior to joining Shared Capital, Mark was the Director of Lending Operations with the Chicago Community Loan Fund where he was responsible for providing financing and technical assistance to affordable housing, social enterprises and community-based organizations in the Chicagoland area. Over the past 25 years Mark has been an active leader with a variety of community-based and cooperative development organizations with a focus on building economic systems that are democratic and radically inclusive.
Jacqueline Hannah, Food Co-op Initiative, served as the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, more than 9 years. During this time she led the co-op through two expansions, the founding of their Food For All economic access program. In 2010 Jacqueline was named one of the "40 Under 40" business people of excellence by Central Illinois Business Magazine, and in 2011 she was awarded the Innovation Award for Economic Development Impact for her work with Common Ground Food Co-op. She received the Cooperative Service Award in 2013 and Cooperative CEO of the Year award from the Illinois Cooperative Council in 2014. Jacqueline joined Food Co-op Initiative in March of 2015 so she can fully commit herself to her passion for new
David Hammer is the Executive Director of the ICA Group, the country’s oldest national organization dedicated to democratic employee ownership. Mr. Hammer is a leading practitioner of employee buyouts of small business and worker cooperatives. Mr. Hammer joined the ICA Group in 2008 and assumed the position of Executive Director in June 2013. David’s areas of expertise include governance design, market research, business planning, policy analysis, data analysis, and financial modeling. Prior to joining the ICA Group David served as Assistant Director of Research of 1199SEIU, the largest health care union on the east coast. Previously he conducted research for UNITE in New York City and the United Steelworkers of America in Pittsburgh. David has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout the country in industries as diverse as long term care, child care, industrial laundries, apparel distribution, food retail, tire manufacturing, temporary staffing, hospitality, aluminum can manufacturing, as well as various small manufacturing settings. David earned a Master’s of Science from the Labor Relations and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree in History from UMass, Amherst.
Fathia Macauley is the California Business Development Officer for Capital Impact Partners. Ms. Macauley is located in their Oakland office. Fathia has held positions at other community development financial institutions, including Nonprofit Finance Fund, Clearinghouse CDFI and Century Housing Corporation. To date she has originated over $150MM in community development loans and participated in the creation of over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Her experience encompasses community development lending, affordable housing development and nonprofit management. As a native of Los Angeles, after viewing the devastation of the civil unrest of 1992, she was inspired to enter into the field of redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. Fathia has been in the field of community development finance for the past 23 years and she holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in History and African Area Studies from UCLA. Capital Impact Partners has a long and successful track record of supporting cooperative businesses. Since it’s founding in 1984, it has provided nearly $300 million to more than 200 cooperative businesses that serve low-income people and communities.
Stuart Reid Executive Director, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), began his career in grocery as a carry-out and stock clerk for the Windom, Minnesota Hy-Vee store back in 1972, never believing for a minute that he would still be working in the grocery business 40+ years later. He probably wouldn’t if he hadn’t discovered food co-ops in Minneapolis when he moved there for college. Since then he has volunteered, co-managed, managed and served on the boards of many food co-ops; worked for the co-op-owned DANCe warehouse, and helped open the Just Food Co-op in Northfield as their first general manager. Stuart has been part of FCI since its earliest years and sees no reason to do anything else.
Kate “Sassy” Sassoon is the founder of Sassy Facilitation, a consultancy which provides facilitation, education, mediation, and group process design to innovative organizations. In her 20 years of membership in various democratically owned and run organizations, Sassy has seen many faces of the co-op sector, including: housing, childcare, worker-owned enterprises, arts and manufacturing collectives, and intentional communities. She strives to bring lucidity, productivity, and humor to her classes and her clients. You can download free tools, learn more about co-ops, and explore Sassy's work at www.sassycooperates.org.
Luis Sierra, Assistant Director, has been with California Center for Cooperative Development since 2008. Luis heads CCD’s Food and Agriculture programs and also assists housing cooperatives. Luis has worked with growers producing olive oil, flowers, sugar beets, specialty Asian fruits and vegetables, seeds, and livestock. Luis has supports food co-op organizing groups with business planning, strategic planning, and market research. He also provide technical assistance to farmworker housing cooperatives. Previously, Luis worked at the Rural Development Center in Salinas, CA from 1997-2000, where he trained mixed fruit and vegetable farmers in direct marketing strategies, and helped a group of the Center’s graduates organize their own cooperative. He later became sales manager of that cooperative and then as a food hub distributor. In 2016 Luis became a certified PSA Lead Trainer for FSMA and completed the Lead Auditor training for USDA GAP standards. His Community and Regional Development MS degree area of emphasis was on popular education and its application to cooperative development and education.
Stephen Switzer is a partner of Rye Financial, an accounting firm serving social impact enterprises. Stephen has extensive experience with cooperatives, non-profits, and small businesses. Stephen holds a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College and is pursuing a degree in Accounting at UC Berkeley. Stephen has been living and working in cooperatives for the last 15 years. Stephen comes from a family of accounting professionals, and continues this work because quality accounting is crucial for organizational success.
Zen Trenholm is a Program Manager with the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) building capacity, partnerships, and resources to scale employee ownership across the country. He currently coordinates the Shared Equity in Economic Development Fellowship program, working with city leaders and economic developers to develop and implement employee ownership initiatives around the country. He also supports DAWI's Legacy Business Initiative which focuses on preserving small businesses through conversions to employee ownership. Prior to DAWI he was an organizer for fossil fuel divestment and a director at the California Student Sustainability Coalition. At UC Berkeley, he co-founded the Student Environmental Resource Center and after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Cooperative Business Development, he returned to his alma mater to launch a course on cooperative entrepreneurship.
More Speaker Bios are Coming Soon!!