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Maru Bautista [EN/SP] she/ella
Maru Bautista is an independent cooperative consultant with more than a decade of experience in group facilitation; project design and implementation; program, budget & staff management; worker cooperative development; curriculum development; community engagement and public policy advocacy. Formerly the Director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Center for Family Life, she supported the immigrant community of New York City start and run worker cooperatives in the domestic sector. Most notable projects include: Brightly, a worker cooperative franchise for domestic workers, and upandgo.coop, an online booking platform for immigrant-led cooperatives. Maru is board chair of the Democracy at Work Institute (institute.coop), and for 6 years was board member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (usworker.coop). Maru was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico.