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The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, other democratic workplaces, and the organizations that support the growth and continued development of worker cooperatives. We were founded in 2004, the result of several years of organizing on the part of worker cooperatives and regional groups from around the country. Our members are workplaces of all sizes and a broad variety of industries, from across the country, and our member workplaces comprise more than 1300 individual workers.
The USFWC connects its members to each other and to cooperative support organizations. The organization provides technical assistance and resources to its members and the public, puts on public educational events like conferences and workshops, publishes a quarterly newsletter, maintains libraries and databases of resources both physical and online, and initiates projects to benefit its members and the larger worker cooperative community.
We are led by a member-elected board of directors, and a two-person staff consisting of an Executive Director and a Membership Director.
USFWC Board of Directors 2012-2013
Rebecca Kemble, President
Union Cab Cooperative of Madison
Rebecca Kemble is the President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the President of CICOPA North America, the sub-regional body of the worker cooperative sector of the International Cooperative Alliance. She is also the Vice President of CICOPA Americas and serves on the Executive Board of CICOPA worldwide. Rebecca is a worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative where she has served as chairperson of the Education and Strategic Planning Committees. She helped develop and implement innovative peer support systems including the Steward and Mediation Councils that have become integral parts of Union Cab’s democratic governance and management structures. She is a founding member and editor at the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative. Rebecca earned a PhD (a.b.d.) in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Madison, WI.
Anna Boyer, Secretary
C4 Tech and Design
Anna Boyer is a worker-owner of C4 Tech & Design, an employee-owned, democratically managed cooperative in New Orleans, Louisiana that provides web design, IT, and computer repair services to local residents, small to medium sized businesses, and non-profits. Anna joined C4 Tech & Design in 2008. In 2011, she joined the board of directors of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives as the Southern regional representative, and has also served as the board Secretary and Treasurer. Prior to working at C4, Anna has worked as a movie theater concession salesperson, mail clerk, landscape maintainer, conservation biologist, insurance consultant, union steward, and telephone system programmer.
David Smathers Moore, Treasurer
TeamWorks Cooperative Network
David Smathers Moore is the founder of the TeamWorks cooperatives, works at the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and serves as Senior Co-op Development Adviser at Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES). He is also a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He has a long history of work in community and economic development, including with the PICO community organizing network, the Center for Labor and Community Research, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Becca Koganer is a worker owner at Equal Exchange. She started working as a sales representative at Equal Exchange in 2009, selling fairly traded products to food cooperatives and natural food stores. Becca has been a regional representative on the board of directors of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives since 2012 where she serves also serves on the Membership Committee.
Ben Mauer is a veteran web designer passionate about using technology and design to bring about sustainable change on a human scale, and increased participation in the systems that shape our everyday lives. Previous to Quilted, he managed web development and communications for the ground-breaking research project, the Information Technology, War and Peace Project at Brown University, and worked a few stints at Wired Digital/Terra Lycos in San Francisco and various ad agencies.
Erling Olson, PE has worked in and around Cooperatives for over 30 years. By profession he is a Controls Engineer in the field of automation and custom machinery. Erling is a Board Member and Co-owner of Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing Cooperative which designs and builds custom automated machinery. Erling has extensive experience with motion control and automated systems covering a vast array of different applications including; metal cutting, web handling, high-speed assembly, and robotics. Erling is also a founding member of MadWorC (Madison Workers Cooperative), an organization that thrives on entrepreneurship and self-motivation. Erling holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Melissa Hoover, Executive Director
Melissa Hoover is the Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national membership organization for worker cooperatives, founded in 2004. She is also a founding director of the nonprofit Democracy at Work Institute, which provides technical assistance resources to worker cooperatives. For five years she also worked as a cooperative developer with the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, where she assisted in the development of new Arizmendi cooperatives and provided ongoing support to existing cooperatives. Melissa started in worker cooperatives as a member at Inkworks Press in Berkeley, California, as a bookkeeper and then member of the management group. She has also worked as an independent consultant helping co-ops and small businesses strengthen all aspects of financial management. Melissa graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History and a research focus on the role of immigrant women in building a cooperative movement in the early 20th century.
Amy Johnson, Membership and Advocacy Director
Amy Johnson is the membership and advocacy director for the USFWC. Amy recently completed an MPA in sustainable management at Presidio Graduate School, and she brings several years experience in issue advocacy campaigns and membership management for progressive organizations.