Staff and Board

NASCO Staff

Elizabeth Anderson

Director of Education
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Liz (they/them) was first introduced to cooperatives as a worker-owner at Rose City Coffee Co-operative at Earlham College. They majored in Business and Nonprofit Management with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Before working at NASCO, Liz's time working with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives spurred their dedication to grassroots movement-building in the cooperative sector.

Contact Liz for inquiries regarding NASCO’s Cooperative Education and Training Institute, Staff and Member Leadership Convening, Cooperative Internship Network, and the Cooperative Leadership Certification Program.

Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke

Director of Development Services
617-942-1196

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 Operations
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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 NASCO operations and governance, NASCO member renewals, working at NASCO, and the Cooperative Leadership Certification Program.

Daniel Miller

Director of Properties
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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
630-400-5651

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 inquiries regarding board elections, NASCO communications, partnerships, and fundraising.

NASCO Board Members

Naomi Alexis
Jonathan Armstrong
Nastassja Baté-Bild
Hadron Chaudhary
Caroline Elbert
Josh Graham
Teena Lorie Harris
Mer Kammerling
Rek Kwawer
Alec Martinez
Maggie O'Connor
Lee Pepper
Taylor Rhode
Seven Rockhold
Julia Selig
Emily Tyler
Lana Wong

NASCO Properties Board Members

Erik Haney
Finesse Haverly
Tristan Laing

Tristan Laing (he/him) has been actively engaged in student cooperative governance and operations since he moved into Campus Co-op Residences Inc in 2005. Somehow he did not attend a NASCO institute until 2012, and even then it was by accident. Still, there was something about standing in a room with 400 odd other student cooperators that made him feel, "these are my people". Three years later, after abandoning the field of academic Philosophy, he joined the NASCO Board of Directors and began a masters of Adult Education at the University of Toronto focussing on the history of Student Housing Cooperatives in Ontario. He is both a scholar and an activist of cooperation, passionate about pursuing the post-capitalist anarcho-communalist future foreseen by people like Robert Owen, the Rochdale Pioneers, and James P. Warbasse. When he is not reading cooperative history, or debating the competing merits of different cooperative traditions, he can be found baking sourdough bread and planning trips to visit other NASCO co-ops.

Ben Lee
Shining Li
Alec Martinez
Danny Mauer
Natalie Nguyen
Seven Rockhold
Kathryn Solorzano Lowell
Christian Vieweg