Staff and Board


Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke

Director of Development Services

Brel (they/them) began their co-op journey in 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin as a member of Madison Community Cooperative, Madison Area Cooperative Housing Alliance, and the United People of Color Caucus. In their free time, Brel teaches at and serves on the board of the Madison Freewheel Bicycle Co. and is in the process of converting it to a worker-owned co-op. Brel sees cooperatives as one of the best ways to affect social change and actively fight gentrification and extractive economic practices. Brel strives to make sure that people of color in cooperatives are represented, supported, and respected by our co-ops. Brel believes in strategic, continual expansion of the co-op sector because we can change the world for the better with these things!

Contact Brel for inquiries regarding starting or incorporating a co-op; construction, financing or expansion of your existing co-op; lobbying; comparative financial analysis; and co-op sector research; investment in the Kagawa Fund; and to nominate members to the NASCO Development Committee.

Katherine Jennings

Director of Leadership Development

Katherine (she/her) discovered her love for cooperatives started in 2011 when she moved into Ad Astra, an UKSHA cooperative and NASCO property in Lawrence, KS. Within her first week at Ad Astra, she knew that she had happened upon something special, but had no way of knowing how big of an impact it would have on her life. Over the next six years, she served on the UKSHA Board of Directors in various roles before becoming one of two Executive Staff. In addition to her work with cooperatives, Katherine's professional experience has focused on food justice and non-profit management. Katherine is an aspiring artist, a dedicated writer, and an accomplished daydreamer.

Contact Katherine for inquiries regarding co-op staff support, NASCO governance, working at NASCO, the Cooperative Internship Network, and the Cooperative Leadership Certification Program.

Daniel Miller

Director of Properties

Having worked with coops at various stages of development as a volunteer, board member, and staff member, Daniel (he/him) now serves as the Director for NASCO Properties. As liaison to the board, he works to coordinate maintenance, governance, and budgeting for co-ops in the NASCO Properties system. Daniel also supports co-ops in responding to crises, long-term planning, and technical support.

Contact Daniel for inquiries regarding NASCO Properties, co-op staffing issues, budgeting, or concerns about housing discrimination and fair housing.

Bronwyn Walls

Director of Community Engagement

Bronwyn (she/they) serves as the Director of Community Engagement for NASCO. She first discovered co-ops in 2012 as a student in Austin, Texas and soon began to recognize the larger implications of the cooperative movement. Bronwyn is deeply inspired by the social, environmental, and economic impacts of community-oriented cooperative efforts as well as the profound personal impact that cooperatives can have on their members. Bronwyn is based in Bulbancha (New Orleans, LA), where she is involved in local housing justice organizing.

Contact Bronwyn for more information on NASCO membership, setting up a member visit or training at your co-op, and NASCO communications, partnerships, and fundraising.

Jasper Wirtshafter

Director of Operations

Jasper first became a co-oper in 2017 as a member of Bloomington Cooperative Living in Bloomington Indiana. Still a resident of the Bloomington co-op, he serves on the board of directors and is helping establish a new family-friendly, ADA accessible, affordable house in the co-op. He previously managed Human Resources for Trans Lifeline and holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. In his free time, Jasper enjoys fermenting, reading speculative fiction and talking to strangers. He believes in co-ops as a workshop in collective power, and as a tangible means to construct “home” outside of the nuclear family.

Contact Jasper for inquiries regarding NASCO operations, billing, membership renewals, and information about board elections.

NASCO Board Members

Caroline Elbert
Josh Graham
Teena Lorie Harris
Mer Kammerling
Rek Kwawer
Maggie O'Connor
Lee Pepper
Seven Rockhold
Julia Selig
Emily Tyler
Lana Wong

NASCO Properties Board Members

Erik Haney
Finesse Haverly
Tristan Laing
Ben Lee
Shining Li
Danny Mauer
Natalie Nguyen
Seven Rockhold
Kathryn Solorzano Lowell
Christian Vieweg