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Gary Hampton

Gary Hampton has spent the past 15 years in small business development, entrepreneurship, education, training and workforce development, including working in business development with West Virginia State University Extension and serving as Deputy Director of Small Business Development for the State of West Virginia, Starting in 2019, Hampton became involved in local cooperative development and […]


As a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, Charity provides technical assistance to start-up co-ops and facilitates outreach efforts to cooperators and community-based organizations. She coordinates the work of the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC), the City of Madison’s funded initiative to form worker cooperatives that address income inequality and racial disparities […]


Joél Mejia is an Afro-Latino artivist, mission-driven entrepreneur, and regenerative systems designer based in Kingston, New York, on Lenape land. With a strong passion for education, Joél has dedicated himself to fostering cooperative initiatives. In 2020, he founded Mi Oh My Hydroponic Farms, a worker-owned farming and educational cooperative in the Bronx. Growing up in […]

Steve Dubb

Steve Dubb is senior editor of economic justice at NPQ, where he writes articles (including NPQ’s Economy Remix column), moderates Remaking the Economy webinars, and works to cultivate voices from the field and help them reach a broader audience. Prior to coming to NPQ in 2017, Steve worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two […]

Jaime Cuevas

Jaime G. Cuevas Mercado has a bachelor’s and an Associate degree from St. John Vianney College Seminary of Miami. He has worked with the Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de PR for the last 27 years as the Marketing Manager, he also held posts as the Manager of the Cooperative Educational Service Department (2010-2014), Branch Manager […]

Esther West

Esther West is a Loan Officer at Shared Capital Cooperative and proud Chicana/x. Specializations include cooperative organizing, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and environmental justice. She has been a worker-owner at Equal Exchange and is a current worker-owner of The Ajani Group, and has taught in the Environmental Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Esther […]


Hannah Scott joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2019.- Hannah Scott is the Program Manager for the CFAES Center for Cooperatives where she leads the creation and implementation of programs and technical assistance to foster cooperative business and education in Ohio, West Virginia, and beyond. Hannah is especially passionate about cooperative opportunities in agriculture, […]

Emily Nail

Emily Nail is Executive Director for the Cooperative Council of North Carolina. As Executive Director, Emily administers executive planning, administration, communications, education, and marketing. Since assuming the position in 2015 she has worked to enhance the programs, membership and get the cooperative movement networking. Among the programs she directs are the Council’s summer Cooperative Leadership […]