Ana Martina Rivas [SP/EN] she/her/ella
Community organizer and facilitator of Mexican origin. She is a founding worker-owner member of Colmenar Cooperative Consulting. Her background and political formation comes from her involvement in community independent media in Mexico inspired by the Zapatista struggle. She collaborated with many community FM radio stations in Mexico and in the U.S.
She is dedicated to promoting and advising others on best practices for democratic governance and organizational accountability. During her 5 years as Membership Director at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Ana Martina developed an in-depth understanding of the landscape of workplace democracy across the U.S. She served as the USFWC’s Technical Assistance Project Manager. During her time at the USFWC she coordinated the Movimiento para Inmigrantes en Cooperativas, and co-facilitated the Racial and Economic Justice Council. She is very involved in building networks among international worker cooperative movements through her role on the board of CICOPA Americas, the international body representing worker cooperatives worldwide.
She is a member of the Philadelphia-based feminist collective Comadre Luna where she develops media that focuses on gender justice, anti-racism, and empowerment for Latinx women. She participated in the 2022 cohort of the AORTA Headwaters Facilitation Apprenticeship and participated in the Next Economy MBA cohort VII by LIFT Economy. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she has taken root with her little family of radicants.