Session 1 Coming April 10-13th, 2017!
Margaret Bau, US Department of Agriculture
Margaret Bau has been a Cooperative Development Specialist with USDA Rural Development for nearly 20 years assisting in the formation of over two dozen Wisconsin cooperatives in a variety of industries from health care, local foods to senior housing, nonprofits and forest management. Ms. Bau developed an interest in cooperatives while organizing a rural women’s income generating project as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Ms. Bau earned a master’s degree in economic & community development from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carroll College. In her quest to examine how other cultures implement co-op development strategies, she traveled to Italy, Argentina, Spain, and Quebec, Canada. Ms. Bau was recognized for “outstanding contribution to cooperative education and training” by the Association of Cooperative Educators and by the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund who awarded Ms. Bau the Cooperative Service Award in recognition for her tireless efforts towards co-op development.
Margaret Lund, Co-opera
Margaret Lund is an independent consultant specializing in community development finance and shared ownership strategies. Her clients includes dozens of cooperative development organizations, co-ops and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2008, Ms. Lund spent 16 years as the Executive Director of the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, a CDFI lending to cooperatives of all sectors. Ms. Lund is a past board member of the National Cooperative Business Association where she chaired the Cooperative Development and the International Development committees as well as a national task force on cooperative capital formation. She also served on the board of Health Partners, the largest consumer-governed healthcare organization in the U.S. Ms. Lund has been featured as a speaker, trainer and panelist for a wide range of organizations including the Opportunity Finance Network, the National Credit Union Administration, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, the Consumer Cooperative Managers Association, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Hanif Nu’man, ReSCI Consulting
Dr. Hanif Nu’Man is the founder and chief sociologist of ReSCI Consulting. Nu’Man is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Sociology Department where he conducted dissertation research on the American mortgage industry collapse of 2008. His research uncovered how the use of technology influenced loan originator’s decision-making; how internal norms and practices impacted bank executive’s compliance relationship with federal regulators; and how preemptive federal laws determined how state regulators offered consumer protection to the public. While in graduate school, Dr. Nu’Man taught several undergraduate courses in sociology, including sociology of law, race, class and gender, social issues, sociology of the family, and criminology among other topics. Prior to graduate school Dr. Nu’Man worked as a prosecutor at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General in the Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit.
Anne Reynolds, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. She develops courses, conferences and educational programs at the Center, and has led numerous workshops on board leadership, board roles and responsibilities and strategic planning. Her areas of interest include governance, member loyalty, business structure and innovative uses of the cooperative model. She has worked with cooperatives in all sectors, including agriculture, food, energy, purchasing and worker-owned. Anne serves on several boards, including The Cooperative Foundation and Shared Capital Cooperative. Before joining the Center for Cooperatives, she worked at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Courtney Berner, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Courtney Berner is a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives where she provides technical assistance and counsel to existing and start-up cooperatives and to business owners interested in exploring conversion to cooperative ownership. Courtney writes and speaks frequently on the co-op business model and recently co-authored Successful Cooperative Ownership Transitions: Case Studies and Key Factors for Success in the Conversion of Privately Held Businesses to Worker Cooperatives with the Democracy At Work Institute.
Courtney has research, development, and outreach experience in a range of issues related to food systems, community economic development, and the cooperative business model. Prior to earning an M.S. in agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spent five years at the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns. Courtney is currently on the Willy Street Grocery Cooperative’s Board of Directors.
Tom Pierson, Independent Consultant
Tom began working with cooperative enterprises in 2000 after deciding to not pursue formal higher education. He coordinates the public policy efforts of CooperationWorks! Pierson serves as vice president on the board of Shared Capital Cooperative, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that lends nationally to cooperative businesses. He serves on the board of Riverton Community Housing, a Minneapolis non-profit developer of student housing cooperatives, and the board of Wedge Community Cooperative, a retail and wholesale food cooperative. Tom was a founding organizer of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives from 2003-06.
As an independent consultant Tom provides facilitation, historical research and technical assistance services to cooperatives across the country. Tom is a specialist in the issues of housing and worker cooperative development. He provides pro bono and sliding scale assistance to groups that advance racial equity, environmental sustainability, and serve low-income members. He volunteers for CoMinnesota and serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota on topics related to co-op law and economics. In his free time Tom enjoys theatre, dance, chess, and unstructured play.
Leslie Watson, Cooperative Development Services
Leslie Watson is a cooperative developer with Cooperative Development Services, a nonprofit co-op development center that primarily serves the Upper Midwest. She is also a consultant/owner with the CDS Consulting Co-op, a cooperative of consultants who work with natural food co-ops throughout the US. In her home community of Northeast Minneapolis, Leslie spent many years on the board of directors for the Eastside Food Co-op. She also is a founding organizer and current board member of the Northeast Investment Cooperative, a co-op formed to allow people to collectively buy, redevelop and manage commercial property in her home community. Leslie holds a JD and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. She is an ardent supporter of an expansive cooperative economy, but believes that cooperative Scrabble is just wrong.
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