We would like to extend our gratitude to the number of individuals and organizations that have supported our work.

Timothy Huet, Co-Founder of the Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives, Formal Advisor to L.A. Co-op Lab
Timothy is an attorney and community organizer whose work focuses on worker cooperatives. He is founder of and serves as In-House Counsel for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, an business that has built 6 successful worker cooperatives.   He’s published articles on worker cooperatives and self-management in Dollars & Sense, The Stanford Law & Policy Review, Grassroots Economic Organizing, and Peace Review. He served on the founding boards of the California Center for Cooperative Development, Western Worker Cooperative Conference, and the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Read Tim’s Cooperative Manifesto here.

Vanessa Bransburg, Cooperative Developer/Consultant, Formal Advisor to L.A. Co-op Lab
Vanessa was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and emigrated with her parents and younger sister to San Diego, CA in 1988.  She studied Sociology and Spanish literature for her B.A. at UCLA and later received her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University.  She was Director of Cooperative Development at the Center for Family Life (CFL) in Brooklyn, NY. Since February 2008 she has been providing coop incubation support services to Sunset Park, Brooklyn worker-owned cooperative businesses run by immigrants. In the last couple of years Vanessa has been at the forefront of creating and running the NYC Cooperative Development Initiative which provides year long support to community based organizations in NYC as they learn to become practitioners in cooperative development. Vanessa is also one of the leaders/founders of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (“Nick Nock”) since its inception in December 2009.

Listen to an interview with Vanessa about her work in Brooklyn here.

Gilda Haas, Core Faculty, MA in Urban Sustainability,Formal Advisor to L.A. Co-op Lab
Gilda is an educator, organizer, and urban planner who in past lives helped start a credit union, a land trust, and numerous organizations and coalitions, including Strategic Actions for a New Economy — all towards building a more fair and democratic economy. She taught in UCLA’s Urban Planning program for many years where she also started their Community Scholars Program.  Gilda presently teaches in Antioch’s Urban Sustainability M.A Program, creates games and popular education workshops about planning and economics, and helps coach the next generation of leaders for a new economy.

Special Thanks:

Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project
MG Staff Collective Member & MG Planning Committee Member,  The Working World Board Member
A special thanks to Gopal Dayaneni who hosted us at the Orchard in Oakland, introduced us to Bay Area coops, and has been a supportive ally throughout our learning and development process.

Victor Narro, Project Director, UCLA Labor Center 
A special thanks to Victor for participating in and hosting our first meetings with the worker centers. He is an advisor for this project and has been instrumental in making connections between our group, UCLA Labor Center, the worker centers and also served as a host to Kelly and Rica’s presentation.

Our Greater Network:

Lanita Morris, Project Director, Los Angeles Black Worker Center
Lanita participated in an Antioch residency with the students focused on the Los Angeles Black Worker Center’s current organizing efforts, helped brainstorm ideas about the potential of worker cooperatives for their membership, and will be hosting a pilot project with the Lab in the fall of 2015.

Lolita Andrada Lledo, Associate Director /Lead Organizer, Pilipino Worker Center
Lolita educated the students about C.O.U.R.A.G.E home health aide cooperative in Los Angeles and will be partnering with the Lab to pilot a workshop.

Clare Fox, Director of Policy and Innovation, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Claire presented on the possible intervention points for worker co-ops in L.A.’s food economy and is currently working on a distribution cooperative to supply corner markets with healthy, affordable food.

Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal (LURN)
Rudy presented on the possible intervention points for worker co-ops in L.A.’s food economy and is currently working on a distribution cooperative to supply corner markets with healthy, affordable food.

Nancy Ibrahim, Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Nancy shared her knowledge about the health
sector in Los Angeles and where she sees opportunities for cooperatives enterprises within that industry.

Jim Mangia, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Jim shared his knowledge about the health sector in Los Angeles and where he sees opportunities for cooperatives enterprises within that industry.

Lauren Ahkiam, Senior Research & Policy Analyst, Don’t Waste L.A. Campaign (LAANE)
Lauren presented about a new franchise ordinance in Los Angeles, the waste/recycling sector, and where she sees value-added for worker cooperatives.

Sushil Jacobs, Staff Attorney & Clinical Instructor, Housing Practice, East Bay Law Center
Sushil participated in a panel about worker cooperatives with our team.

Scott Cummings, Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Scott advised and collaborated on a parallel cooperative research project, and we, in turn collaborated with two of his law students, Kelly Orians and Rica Garcia, who produced a great research report on the topic of the most likely to succeed cooperative entities for undocumented and formerly incarcerated workers.

Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects of the Democracy Collaborative
Steve educated us about the evolution of the Evergreen Cooperatives as well as their larger approach to cooperative development and economic democracy.

Lor Holmes, Manager, CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling & Organics)
Lor gave a presentation about the start-up of recycling/compost cooperative, CERO, in Boston, including in-depth information about their funding strategies.

Brad Caftel, Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Brad presented to our team about the legal and technical considerations in forming a worker-owned cooperative.

Melissa Hoover, Executive Director of the Democracy at Work Institute
Melissa participated in a panel about worker cooperatives during our ten-week intensive and gave a special presentation on to us on the role of cooperative developers.

Camille Kerr, Director of Field-Building, Democracy at Work Institute, Chair Board Member, PROSPERA (formerly known as WAGES)
Camille participated in an interview about WAGES’s business model.

Jo Ann McNerthney, Co-founder, Circle of Life Cooperative
Jo Ann presented to us on the history, structure, successes and challenges of the Circle of Life home care cooperative from her base in Bellingham, WA.

Ricardo Nunez, Cooperatives Program Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Ricardo participated in a panel about worker cooperatives during our Bay Area Study Tour and has shared resources for this project.

Doug Smith, Equal Justice Works Fellow – Community Development, Public Counsel
Doug convened attorneys from Public Counsel and the Insight Center for a discussion about alternative legal entities for worker co-ops.

Ann Reynolds, Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Ann participated in an early conversation with Gilda regarding the design of this project.