Saturday 28th September, 2013
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Vanessa Bransburg, LCSW, is the Director of Cooperative Development at the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn, NY. Since February 2008 she has been providing technical assistance and consultation to Sunset Park, Brooklyn worker-owned cooperative businesses run by immigrants. In the last couple of years Vanessa has been at the forefront of creating and running the NYC Cooperative Development Initiative which provides year long support to community based organizations in NYC as they learn to become practitioners in cooperative development. Vanessa is also a founder of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives ("Nick Nock") since its inception in December 2009.
Joe Marraffino is a certified peer advisor with the Democracy at Work Network and curates a online collection of worker cooperative resources at http://American.coop. He became a member at worker-owned Arizmendi Bakery in San Francisco in 2003 and from 2007 to 2010 incubated two new bakery cooperatives with the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, a network of six worker-owned cooperatives. He has sat on the boards of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives and the California Center for Cooperative Development. Joe currently works as the Finance Manager at GreenStar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, and is a co-organizer of this New York Cooperative Summit.
Director of Cooperative Development, Center for Family Life
Peer Advisor, Democracy at Work Network; Co-organizer, New York Cooperative Summit
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