USFWC Board and Staff

The mission and vision of the USFWC is stewarded by our staff and board. The board is made up of elected at-large directors that reflect the membership and mission of the USFWC.

USFWC Board of Directors


 

Kimberly Britt
ChiFresh Kitchen, Northern Regional Representative, elected 2022 – 2024 term

Kim is a founding member and board president of ChiFresh Kitchen, a women and minority-owned worker cooperative that offers fresh, nutritious, delicious prepared meals to schools, community organizations, and other institutions working to improve the health and wellness of the individuals they serve. Having recruited three out of the other four founding members, she was a driving force in assembling the team. At ChiFresh, Kim leads the delivery team and is also responsible for purchasing and receiving. Kim has management experience in other food businesses as well.

Mavery Davis, Treasuror
New Economy Works WV, Also a member of the Seed Commons Network, At-Large Representative, appointed 2022

Born in Los Angeles, California, Mavery moved to West Virginia on a football scholarship. Although his scholarship did not fully materialize, Mavery remained in West Virginia, completed his degree, and had a career filled with ups and downs, as he candidly shares. Mavery is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), breaking the chains of poverty and creating wealth. He is a CPA by day, serving as Director of Lending for New Economy Works WV/Seed Commons, and a community organizer, a motivator, and the Financial Literacy Bootcamp (FLBC) founder by night. Through the FLBC, he teaches youth the psychology of money and financial basics. Through these efforts, he plants the seeds of collective, community wealth, and abundance.

Mavery earned the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs Trail Blazer-Pioneer Award (2020). In addition to his professional accountant certification, Mavery also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Accounting from West Virginia State University (WVSU) and a Master’s of Science Degree with a concentration in Public Accounting from Strayer University. Additionally, Mavery is an adjunct professor of Accounting at WVSU, a guest teacher at Makeshop Design Lab, a National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants (NSBCPA) Board member, and a collaborator in All Things Workshops!

Mavery has been recognized as a Top 40 under 40 Black CPA by the NSBCPA (2021) and a Hometown Hero by WV Can’t Wait (2022). In his current role, as the Director of Lending for New Economy Works WV, he brings a passion for uplifting people and connecting them to the resources they need along their cooperative business journey.

Mavery’s essential roles are husband and father.

Denise Hernandez, Vice-President
Cooperative Homecare Associates, At-Large Director, elected 2021 – 2023 term

Denise Hernandez is the Vice President of Human Resources at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA).  Denise started working in 2003 when CHCA had just signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  She was instrumental in creating a Joint Labor Management Committee which focused on creating a strong partnership between CHCA and 1199, while respecting the governance structure and labor relationship.   Denise facilitated the Coaching Approach to Communications Training for all CHCA office members.  In addition, she worked to incorporate these skills within the culture of the company.   Denise has implemented fun and creative ways to engage members.  She assisted in creating a zoom BINGO session, “Making CHCA Stronger”, which focused on building worker awareness in tasks and events that positively impact our organization.    Denise also leads the Joy @ Work Committee whose task is to identify reasons that workers feel burnout and implement solutions to address those feelings.   In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and son.  They enjoy playing board games and going to the movies. Denise has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.  

Ricardo Nuñez, President
Sustainable Economies Law Center, At-Large Director, appointed 2022, and co-chair for the Racial Economic Justice Council

Ricardo Samir Nuñez is a worker cooperative ecosystem development specialist supporting cultural practices, policies, organizations, and systemic changes that allow communities to build beyond the interlocking systems of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. He is currently the Director of Economic Democracy and a Staff Attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where he collaborates on educational programs, legal services, policy advocacy, and regional and national ecosystem development to restore human labor to right relationship with people and the planet. He is board president of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and an at-large board member at the California Center for Cooperative Development and the Southern California Focus on Cooperation. He also became a lawyer without going to law school through California’s Law Office Study Program.

Dominique Pearson
Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Western Regional Representative, appointed 2022

Dominique is a lover, a fighter, a daughter, and a sister. They are an herbalist, rootworker, food and economic justice educator, born and raised in Tongva lands, Compton and Los Angeles, CA. Dominique is committed to the practive of culture-keeping, the liberation of their people and the freedom dreams of their ancestors. A Black Mississippi Chahta woman, Dominique continues to help community build systems for a liberatory future.They are deeply involved in the work of mutual aid and alternative realities, as a founder of Black Roots Herbals LLC, member of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief and a founding member of the Baltimore Street Medic Collective. They offer that same holistic support to Black business that are rooted in community, as a Co-op Business Developer with the Philadelphia Area Coop Alliance.

Diana Perez, Secretary
Radiate Consulting NY, Eastern Regional Representative, elected 2022 – 2024 term

Diana is a worker-owner, co-founder of Radiate Consulting New York. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, problem-solving, and gender and economic equality. Diana has been actively involved in diverse social and cultural initiatives with different community-based organizations dedicated to protect and expand economic access, educational attainment, political influence, and opportunities for Latinx and immigrant communities. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from the City College of New York.

Alan Luis Ramirez
PODER Emma, At-Large Representative, elected 2023 – 2025 term

My name is Alan Luis Ramirez and I am a cooperative developer with PODER Emma and the network of cooperatives in Buncombe County, Western North Carolina. I am running for a board position to advocate for the needs of cooperatives flourishing within the South under conditions that have created barriers for our community. My priorities and commitments to learn more about include accessing health care for workers in cooperatives. I believe that our region can be transformed through participatory governance and financial management, democratic decision making and care for our labor and leaders of cooperatives.

I will be a great asset to the board because of my experience within our community that practices language justice, ecosystem building and membership through a network model. Our focus in our community has helped us grow in our commitment for just wages and living conditions that would be exciting to share and receive support from the Federation membership and other cooperatives.

Click here to watch Alan Luis Ramirez's video candidate statement

April Taylor
Solidarity Research Center, At-Large Representative, appointed in 2023

I am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the Board of Directors, and I want to express my deep gratitude to the Solidarity Research Center for their nomination. I am excited to share with you my commitment to advancing solidarity economy organizing principles and values and my extensive experience as a Black queer Appalachian organizer.

My journey in grassroots organizing spans over two decades, dedicated to the intersection of racial and economic justice. This path led me to the Highlander Research and Education Center, where I served as the Economics and Governance program manager. In this role, I developed curriculum and provided support to grassroots groups in the South engaged in solidarity economy work. These experiences enriched my understanding of cooperative principles and reaffirmed the transformative power of collective action and alternatives.

As the co-founder of the Wild Fig Books & Coffee worker cooperative, I have firsthand experience in establishing and nurturing a grassroots generated worker cooperative. Our bookstore serves as a testament to the potential of worker ownership in addressing systemic inequities within marginalized communities and how imperative safe and sacred spaces are as part of the commons. This journey has taught me the challenges and rewards of cultivating a cooperative business model, which I am eager to share to support the growth of worker cooperatives within the USFWC network.

I am deeply invested in community transformation beyond economics. I played a pivotal role in advocating for local police accountability and transparency reforms in Lexington after the murders of Michael Brown in 2014 and Breonna Taylor in 2020. Moreover, my contributions to historic gains in Black women's representation during the 2022 election cycle highlight my dedication to breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity in decision-making processes. My local and regional organizing has also provided me with an understanding of how communities who initially come together in times of crisis to address threats to people’s lives and wellbeing can quickly move from a place of implementing reforms to a place of building the alternatives communities need to exist beyond the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Currently, I serve as the Regenerative Economy Communities Program Manager for the Chisholm Legacy Project, furthering my commitment to cooperative ecosystem building and community empowerment and supporting Black communities to implement Regenerative Economy solutions as they work towards liberation. I am convinced that cooperatives are the way forward toward a more just and liberated world. My involvement in the Governance Council of the Southern Movement Assembly and support for Movement for Black Lives' solidarity economy efforts underscore my advocacy for collective empowerment and transformation.

If elected to the USFWC Board of Directors, I will leverage my experience as a network builder, trainer, facilitator, and convener to enhance the growth and impact of the USFWC and its members. My goal is to foster collaboration and synergy within the federation by sharing insights from grassroots work and cooperative ecosystem building. Together, we can amplify marginalized voices, create equitable economic systems, and pave the way for a more just and cooperative future.

During moments of reflection and connection with nature, I find inspiration to continue this journey with unwavering determination. I invite you to join me in the pursuit of collective liberation and cooperative transformation. Together, we can build a future rooted in justice, solidarity, and the principles of worker cooperatives.

Ellen Vera
Co-op Cincy, At-Large Representative, elected 2023 – 2025 term

Ellen is a Co-Director and Co-Founder of Co-op Cincy, a non-profit cooperative business incubator in Cincinnati Ohio dedicated to creating an economy that works for all by broadening ownership in our community. At Co-op Cincy, Ellen oversees the Business Legacy Fund Transition and Acquisition program to transition existing companies to worker ownership, coaches 4 of Co-op Cincy’s co-op businesses and makes sure the organization has the resources needed to be successful. She also serves as the new Secretary of the USW Local 14734.

Ellen’s experience as part of a family with mixed immigration status deepens her perspective and her passion for organizing with immigrant worker-owners and worker-owners of color. Prior to accepting a position with Co-op Cincy, she helped people organize and strengthen their labor unions, as the National Organizing Coordinator for the manufacturing arm of the Communication Workers of America, and for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75.

Ellen has earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Kentucky University, a Certificate of Latin American Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelors of Peace Studies from Chapman University.

Click here to watch Ellen Vera's video candidate statement

USFWC Staff

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Kate Barut - kate [at] usworker [dot] coop
Membership Manager

Kate Barut (she/hers/ella) is the Membership Manager at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Originally from New York City, she now lives in Philadelphia. Kate comes to her work at the federation after being a worker-owner of Caracol Language Coop, a women and Latinx im/migrant-led cooperative of interpreters and translators working to create spaces of language justice in our movements and communities. At Caracol she served as an interpreter, general coop coordinator and member of the membership and finance committees. Before that, she worked as a labor/community organizer. She is a certified Spanish/English interpreter, birth doula, medicinal plant lover and beginner-gardener who is always looking for ways to bridge gaps, build community and share strategies for cooperation and community autonomy.

Michael Brennan - michael [at] usworker [dot] coop
Strategy Coordinator

Michael Brennan (he/they) is the Strategy Coordinator for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He was introduced to the worker co-op ecosystem as a worker-owner of the Maryland Food Collective at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to organizing with the Federation, Michael is engaged with the national movement for public banks, the "Modern Monetary Theory" heterodox economics community, the Democratic Socialists of America's Green New Deal campaign and the DC cooperative ecosystem.  In his free time, Michael enjoys making music, running, riding his bike, eating vegan food, reading, watching movies and discussing politics with friends.

Tehmina Brohi - tehmina [at] usworker [dot] coop
Membership Director

Tehmina Brohi (she/hers) is the Membership Director at the US Federation of Worker Cooperative. She is a Pakistani-born, NYC-cultivated, citizen of the world. She has experience as a community organizer, cooperative developer and a small business owner. She is also the founder and owner of the cross-cultural lifestyle brand Istani - which uplifts and preserves indigenous Pakistani textile crafts. Connecting to her roots and learning about indigenous principles of production has also inspired her approach on equitable modes of production and exchange. Currently, she is also on the steering committee of Happy Family Night Market, a recently-converted multi-stakeholder cooperative which celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education. In NYC, Tehmina also sits on the board of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives. Tehmina is inspired by the methods of exchange and relationship building that the solidarity economy presents and is excited to move this work forward by adding her perspective and skills to the worker-cooperative sector. In all that she does, Tehmina values and upholds collaboration, creativity, joy and authenticity.

Morgan Crawford - morgan [at] usworker [dot] coop
Systems Manager

Morgan is the Systems Manager for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. First introduced to cooperatives through living in student and community housing co-ops in California and Iowa, he served as Director of Education for the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) for over four years before joining the USFWC. In his current role, Morgan supports the USFWC's operations and infrastructure, helping to keep things running smoothly and effectively.

Morgan strives to support the development a cooperative movement that is universally accessible, socially just, economically democratic, and environmentally sound. He is a governance nerd, a passionate educator, and a lover of effective and supportive meeting facilitation. In his free time, Morgan can be found sailing a historic tall-ship around the New York Harbor, singing with the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, and spending time with his family.

Maureen Darras - maureen [at] usworker [dot] coop
Co-op Clinic Training Manager 

Maureen is the Co-op Clinic Training Manager at USFWC. Born and raised in Queens, NY, she has spent over a decade living in rural areas across the country and across Chile participating in peoples' movements. Most recently she served as cooperative developer and agroecology coordinator with Community to Community Development, a farmworker-led organization in Washington State. She now lives in New Mexico and is excited to support cooperativism in the Southwest.

Matt Feinstein - matt [at] usworker [dot] coop
Co-op Clinic Technical Assistance Manager

Matt Feinstein is the Co-op Clinic Technical Assistance Manager with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Before that he was a peer advisor with Co-op Clinic and specialized in co-op governance and decision-making processes.  He is based in Central Massachusetts and is a worker owner of Future Focus Media Co-op and Co-Founder of Global Village Farms, a center for land-based education, farming and co-op development. For over ten years he was the co-director of Worcester Roots, a grassroots co-op organizing group that focuses on urban worker cooperatives with a social justice lens. Matt is passionate about social and environmental justice organizing, worker cooperatives and supporting youth to become agents of change. Using documentary film as a tool for connecting social movements worldwide, Matt speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and has collaborated on film projects with groups in Argentina, Brazil and Worcester, MA.

Jamie Gill - jamie [at] usworker [dot] coop
Administrative Manager

Jamie Gill (she/her) is the Administrative Manager for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Jamie has over 15 years of experience as an administrator in the public and private sector and is excited to now be using her skills in the non-profit, worker cooperative arena in service of economic justice. Originally from Jamaica, she now lives in Atlanta with her daughter and spends her spare time trying to keep her plants alive, going to the gym and otherwise doing very little.

Annette Griffin - annette [at] usworker [dot] coop
Bookkeeper, contractor

Annette Griffin is a bookkeeper by trade earning and cooperator by chance, who grew up in Philadelphia, PA. On the job, training and volunteering has been the foundation of her passion to advocate on several platforms. Annette was introduced to the cooperative business model as the Office Manager / Bookkeeper of Valley Greene Apartments, a housing coop in Philadelphia, PA and a founding member of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA).
Participation in PACA 20/20 Study Circle inspired Annette to start the mission of turning the study circle into a worker / owner cooperative bookkeeping business, A & Associates Bookkeeping Collective, and to serve on the PACA’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Annette is using her Round Sky Solutions Facilitative Leadership Skill training as a source of reference as PACA transitions into a worker’s self-directed non-profit. Annette’s current focus is growing the local economy through democratically managed workplaces.
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Esteban Kelly - esteban [at] usworker [dot] coop
Executive Director

Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), founding President of the freelancer co-op Guilded, and a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance– a worker co-op that has built capacity for hundreds of social justice projects through intersectional training and consulting.) Esteban works to expand economic democracy through forms of multi-racial solidarity and collective ownership. He foregrounds political education, systemic thinking and abolitionist principles into visionary organizing.

Esteban was a co-founder and first board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) and has served on numerous boards including the Democracy At Work Institute, the US Solidarity Economy Network, and the Cooperative Development Foundation. In 2011 Esteban was inducted into NASCO‘s Cooperative Hall of Fame in recognition of his decade of leadership on their board and as their Director of Education & Training. He previously worked at the New Economy Coalition and also served as a mayoral appointee and briefly co-chair of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council. For eight years he was a manager leading food justice education and organizational development as a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op, while the grocery store was still managed by a staff collective. Esteban currently serves on the boards of NCBA–CLUSA, the Cooperative Innovation Lab, Policy Advocates for Sustainable Economies, and the international worker co-op association known as CICOPA.

Esteban is a Ford Global Fellow, a Margaret Burroughs Fellow in the Social Justice Portals Project at University of Illinois-Chicago, an Executive Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University, and a Futures 4 Good Fellow in the Equitable Enterprise Initiative at the Institute for the Future. He is a member of the Climate + Community Project and the all-volunteer Philly Stands Up collective; the latter advances abolition through community accountability and transformative justice practices. Esteban is an advisor to the multi-stakeholder musician’s co-op Ampled, the Platform Co-ops Consortium, Making Worlds Bookstore Cooperative, and the Movement for Black Lives.

Destiney Lee - destiney [at] usworker [dot] coop
Training & Consulting Manager

Destiney Lee (she/her) is the Training & Consulting Manager for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Southern-born and raised, she spent several years organizing national campaigns to advance economic, environmental, racial, and gender equality. She has experience facilitating conflict resolution and cultural transformation processes regarding justice, equity, and anti-oppression. She enjoys using her communication and organizational skills to serve her family and community. In addition to her professional work, Destiney is a committee lead for a North Carolina non-profit called Our Opportunity 2 Love & Heal Coalition, which focuses on gun violence prevention and creating healing spaces for survivors. Destiney graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Advocacy and Policy. Along with her love for facilitation, she enjoys gardening, bike riding, hiking, other outdoor activities, and spending quality time with her family.

Elizabeth Lopez - elizabeth [at] usworker [dot] coop
Operations Manager

Elizabeth López (she/her/ella) is the Operations Manager at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Elizabeth was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of two working class Mexican immigrants who taught her how to luchar. She began organizing for immigrant rights and reproductive justice, which led her into labor organizing. While getting her MA in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, she found Workers’ Dignity- a Nashville worker center led by member low wage workers organizing for economic and transit justice- and eventually served as Operations Manager and Interim Co-Director. Elizabeth recently returned to the Philly area and is usually found exploring, reading, making things, and eating delicious food with her partner and their dog. Her passions lie in being a “builder” and helping folks empower themselves to fight back, organize and transform our lives.

 

Savanna Lyons - savanna[at] usworker [dot] coop
Managing Director

Savanna has 12 years of experience working with food-based social enterprises and co-ops in Appalachia, Iowa, and across the United States. Her focus has been on food justice, dignified work in the food sector, and self determination for people living in depressed rural economies. At the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, at Refresh Appalachia, and as founding director of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, Savanna has facilitated entrepreneurial learning communities, raised and managed millions of dollars in technical assistance, directed a work-based college program in sustainable food, and run multiple distribution enterprises. Her program on food hub financial self-evaluation, developed with the Leopold Center and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, won a prize from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and has been used by trainers around the country. Savanna is also a community organizer with a passion for economic, racial, and health justice. As a leader of Rise Up WV and West Virginia Citizen Action she organized successful campaigns to defend SNAP, cap insulin co-pays, and expand Medicaid dental benefits to over 200,000 adults. Most recently she was a national organizer for MoveOn, helping to build one of the largest relational organizing programs in U.S. history. Savanna currently lives in eastern Tennessee, on a small farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Mo Manklang - mo [at] usworker [dot] coop
Policy Director

Mo Manklang (she/they) is the Policy Director for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, leading policy efforts at the federal level, and works with partners on state and local advocacy initiatives. Mo has been a local and national organizer for cooperatives and social justice issues in a variety of roles, including five years with Philadelphia's social impact news site Generocity.org. A Philadelphia native, Mo is cofounder of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and has served many organizations throughout her career, including the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, the Kensington Community Food Co-op, and the Alliance for a Just Philadelphia.

Chloe Montañez
Executive Assistant, contractor

Chloe is a Filipina administrative assistant with 6 years of experience working alongside a wide range of clientele: visual artists, course creators, professors, producers, midwives, and political campaign managers, among many others. She joined USFWC in 2021 and it brings her genuine happiness that she is able to help Esteban and the team schedule meetings and maintain their calendars. Chloe loves reading dystopian fiction and listening to djent and progressive metal. She spends a lot of her free time with her blended family of 5, e-biking around town. She dreams of supporting environmental advocates, reproductive health workers, and organizations that empower the marginalized sectors.

Maria Myotte - maria [at] usworker [dot] coop
Development Director

Maria (she/they) is the Development Director at US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She brings more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, organizing, and narrative-power building for/with social justice movements. They have held leadership roles at Resource Generation, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED), Class Action, and more.

Driven by anti-racist and abolitionist values, Maria believes deeply in abundance and that everyone urgently deserves better than racial capitalism. She works to approach development and resource mobilization strategies with a strong class consciousness rooted in racial justice.

Maria is also a multi-media visual artist, writer, gardener, scifi enthusiast, and aspiring historian. She lives and works on Lenape land in Brooklyn, NY.

Raquel Victoria Navarro - raquel [at] usworker [dot] coop
Communications Coordinator

Raquel Victoria Navarro (she/ella) coordinates communications, social media management, strategic storytelling and language justice work at the USFWC. As a freelance news writer, she has covered labor rights struggles, international feminist movements and law enforcement policy since 2018. Some passions that align with her work include uplifting immigrant-owned worker cooperatives as a means to build community wealth and autonomy and combating U.S. imperialism and neoliberal economic policies in Central America that have catalyzed the displacement of her family and so many more in the region. In college, Raquel was an active member of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) and worked with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) to develop a community land trust launch guide and translate cooperative legal resources. On the weekends you can find Raquel at the skate park or improving her fashion design and sewing skills. She holds a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems and a minor certificate in Spanish from UC Davis.

May Pojoy Pérez - may [at] usworker [dot] coop
Membership and Benefits Coordinator

May Pojoy Pérez (she/her/Ella) is the Membership and Benefits Coordinator at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. May was born in El Salvador and raised in Boston, MA. Her experience in wide-ranging specialties as a cooperative worker owner and small businesses consultant within customer service, non-profits, and academic oriented spaces, have helped her grow in her career and draw from different perspectives. Through her work, she strives to combine and find the intersection of her human-centered creative problem-solving skills with her passion for social justice to create positive and radical change. On the weekend you can find May journaling, or exploring new hikes in Mass and surroundings. She holds a B.A. in Media, Design & Entrepreneurship.

Jeremy Pine - jeremy [at] usworker [dot] coop
International Projects Consultant, contractor

Jeremy is an anthropologist based in Berlin, Germany. He has worked with globally with NGOs and international organizations to combat discrimination against ethnic/religious/sexual minorities and to promote democratization and fair elections. In 2021, Jeremy managed the partnership between the USFWC and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the latter’s Global Action Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems. Currently, Jeremy is helping the USFWC to expand its international programs and with fundraising.

Theodora Rodine - theodora [at] usworker [dot] coop
Projects & Events Coordinator

Theodora is the Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She works on coordinating technical support for co-ops, helps plan conferences and events, and supports the Executive Director. Theodora grew up in San José, California and has lived in South Philadelphia ever since graduating from Haverford College in 2019. She is a member of the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition and the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) Policy and Advocacy Committee, and she attends Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Theodora is an extrovert who loves talking, theatre, and the color yellow. She would like to learn more about policy, decolonization, dogs, and local hiking trails.

Camila Tapia-Guilliams - camila [at] usworker [dot] coop
Training and Consulting Coordinator

Camila Tapia-Guilliams (they.them) is the Training and Consulting Coordinator with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Through their work as an educator, community organizer, and mixed media artist, they weave together narratives of community care, cooperation, and solidarity. They are a founder and Worker-Owner of Transverse Cooperative, a democratic artist-owned co-op dedicated to labor organizing and mutual aid in the arts as a means of collective liberation. Camila is a board member of Guilded, a multi-stakeholder co-op committed to empowering freelance workers through financial and administrative services. In their work with Anticapitalism for Artists, Camila created and led the Cooperative Arts Cohort, a collaborative class where artists learned to educate each other about how to wield art as a form of political power. They graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where they were a Worker-Owner of the Maryland Food Collective and studied art and entrepreneurship.

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Maddie Taterka - maddie[at] usworker [dot] coop
Worker Benefits Manager

Maddie Taterka (they/she) believes that everyone has a human right to healthcare. Maddie is the Worker Benefits Program Manager at the U.S. Federation of Worker Coops, where they help USFWC members sign up for vision and dental insurance, and supports members to navigate the labyrinths and understand the workings of the American insurance system, though she envisions a future with guaranteed free and quality healthcare for all. Maddie has been active in the worker co-op world since 2016, when they were part of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) 20->20 cooperative development program and co-founded a video production worker coop, Bonfire Media Collective. Maddie has a past life as a journalist and copy editor, and has been involved in media labor organizing and Put People First! PA's healthcare is a human right campaign. In her free time, you can find Maddie doing crossword puzzles, birding, reading, and spending time with family.

Laura Smoot

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Director of Education and Training

eli identifies as an abolitionist, queer, first-gen Mexican American raised in the 818 valley of the unceded ancestral lands of Tataviam Peoples (aka Los Angeles). eli brings 12 years of experience working in partnership with immigrant communities of color, landworkers and collectives at the local, regional and transnational level through their work and activism. They have over a decade of training in the fields of leadership development, curriculum and program development, conflict resolution, developing and implementing institutional policies and processes for increased equity, and grassroots organizing for food sovereignty. Prior to joining the Federation, they worked with the National Young Farmers Coalition (2020-22) running a successful BIPOC farmer fellowship program in CA, and the American Friends Service Committee (2014-2020) leading a QTBIPOC youth leadership program and facilitation apprenticeship. They are also a co-founder of the R’Garden, a 4-acre educational and food security farm hub in the Inland Valley. Outside of the Federation, they play with cats, go on runs, read, drink coffee, and collaborate with BIPOC Agroecology Network, Vigilant Love, Creative Praxis, Liberated Learning Community, and the Alternatives for Violence Project. eli holds their BAs in Environmental Science and Gender Studies, and is a MA in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University: Los Angeles.

John-Michael Torres - johnmichael [at] usworker [dot] coop
Communications Director

John-Michael Torres (he/él) uses strategic communications, narrative strategy, popular education and play to organize for and win policies and processes that allow border communities to decide how we live and thrive. He has organized in the borderlands for 20 years, starting in high school, where he organized his musician friends to collectivize equipment and share resources so everyone got a chance to learn and perform publicly. For 12 years, he worked as communications coordinator for nonprofit La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) where he helped colonia residents and immigrant community members use narrative strategy in combination with neighborhood organizing to win improvements in their neighborhoods and fight for immigration processes that allow families to remain together and thrive. Now, in his role as Communications Director for the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, he gets to tell the story of regular people coming together across race, gender and background to use worker ownership to create shared opportunity. When not organizing, he likes to play jarana, cook, and dance. Originally from Patwin territory in what is now known as northern California, for the last 30 years he has resided in Esto'k Gna territory in what is now known as the Rio Grande Valley.

Sasha Warner-Berry - sasha [at] usworker [dot] coop
Network Organizing Manager

As Network Organizing Manager, Sasha Warner-Berry supports the USFWC’s Member Councils and Peer Networks. Sasha has previously worked as a community and labor organizer, adult educator, teaching artist, and restaurant server. She is a former member of Connections Coop, a worker cooperative of translators and interpreters, where she was introduced to the global cooperative movement. Most recently, she served as Co-Director of Mayday Space, a volunteer-powered movement hub and community events space. Outside of work, she enjoys writing, dancing, and being near the ocean. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.