Greg Brodsky, Board Chair, has always been passionate about working for causes and people that he cares about. He was the founder and President of The Bike Cooperative and VP at CCA Global Partners. The Bike Cooperative is a store owned buying group that represents over 250 bicycle stores around the country. Now he is working with OrderWithMe.com, which helps purchasing co-ops buy commodities in bulk. Working in a division of CCA Global Partners, he has also gained insight into several other retail co-ops in different industries. Before The Bike Cooperative, the majority of his career concentrated on marketing and public relations for small to midsize non-profit organizations. He was born and raised in Manchester, NH and attended college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Maggie is the Southeastern New England Loan and Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England, a Community Development Finance Institution founded in 1975. She has served as the Executive Director of local non-profits, working for the Mission Hill Health Movement; for the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness with a broad array of community organizations, institutions and municipal agencies; and for Mission Hill Main Streets, working with local businesses and residents to improve the commercial district. Previously she worked at Red Sun Press, a worker-controlled commercial print shop in Jamaica Plain. She serves on the board of the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation and is a member of Boston Building Resources, Harvest Cooperative Market and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op. She holds a BA from UMass Boston and a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She shares her home with her husband and three elderly cats, and prefers to travel by bike.
Director of the Southern Region for the RI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at URI, Josh works with start-ups and existing businesses, both high growth and main street, to help them launch, grow, and transition successfully. Before his work with the RISBDC at URI, Josh was active in the entrepreneurial community in New Orleans, mentoring through incubators, and consulting through the SBDC there. Prior to business consulting, Josh managed experiential education and university-community engagement programs at Loyola University, New Orleans. Josh holds an MBA from Loyola and an MA in Ethics from Saint Paul University (Ottawa). He lives in southern Rhode Island, his home state, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors and making music. He’s a bookworm with a particular love of philosophy and political economy.
Erin Domagal is the Creative Director of Earth Designs Cooperative, a landscaping cooperative in the Hudson Valley, NY. Her passion for education and the environment flows through her previous work in wilderness and farm-based education programs and her work as herbalist & owner of Wild Seed Apothecary. She has a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s Degree in Education from Goddard College.
Betsy lives on a small homestead in Knox, Maine. She is a worker-owner at Fedco Seeds and serves on the Board of the Belfast Food Co-op. She also is the acting CEO of Food for Maine’s Future, a small Maine non-profit working on food system justice. She blogs at The Populist Farmer. Recently she took on the challenge of managing the Marsh River Cooperative in Brooks, Maine. This producer/consumer solidarity cooperative was founded in early 2014 and is going strong.
Terrence “TJ” Holloway is Professor of Business Management at Eastern Maine Community College and an independent consultant to businesses through the Holloway Group, LLC. TJ graduated from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Business from Husson University. He has background in Professional Development, Training, and Education. He has held positions at Husson University, as well as at OHI of Maine and the Charlotte White Center as Professional Development Director. Today, TJ and the HG leadership members have served such businesses as the State of Maine, Hollywood Casino, Sprague Energy, JSI Store Fixtures, Inc, the Charlotte White Center, Downeast Horizons and many more. TJ is proud of the success that HG is finding, but is even prouder to be committed to his family life with his wife and two children. They reside in and proudly serve the Bangor, Maine community.
Gowri is presently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island where she started up the Community Economic Development Clinic. Her areas of interest include transactional lawyering in support of the new economy based on principles of democracy, justice and sustainability. She has experience in creating community-based institutions including worker cooperatives made up of low-wage, immigrant workers. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Prof. Krishna taught in the Community Economic Development Clinics at the University of Michigan Law School and at Fordham University School of Law. She earned her AB, magna cum laude, in social thought and analysis and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and her JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Jordan Motzkin is an entrepreneur and consultant. As an entrepreneur he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Big Box Farms, a NYC-based technology startup. Big Box Farms is developing breakthrough technology for the production of salad greens resulting in fresher, safer, and more nutritious produce and is partnered with the second largest produce distributor in the United States. The company has received National Science Foundation research grants, funding from the US Department of Agriculture, and has turned down millions in Venture Capital funding. As a consultant Jordan formed PitchWorks, a consulting firm focused on providing strategic early stage growth and pitch advice for start-ups and new corporate initiatives. Clients include leading Venture Capital Funds, Private Equity funds, Senior Fortune 500 Executives, and first-time entrepreneurs. Jordan frequently lectures on the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation at a variety of venues including Columbia University and the U.S. Japan Business Council. He has been interviewed and his work has been featured in Forbes, CNN Money, Mashable, CBS Television, Fox Business, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Net Impacts Principled Leader.
Colleen Preston is a Housing Program Organizer under CDI’s NEROC Program and is a Cooperative Development Specialist. She is a past President of Cranberry Village, a ROC in Massachusetts, and has been elected to the ROC USA Board. She studied journalism at Virginia Tech and George Washington University, spent several years as a programmer and systems analyst for Honeywell, worked as a reporter for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle for 10 years, ran a rare and used bookstore for 18 years, and has served on numerous committees and boards.
Davis Taylor teaches economics and related topics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Cooperation and economic democracy are two of his main research and teaching interests, and he has helped develop and run several cooperatives and buying clubs. He is particularly interested in how cooperatives relate to sustainability and resilient communities, and how worker ownership can reshape perceptions of work, livelihood, and career success. Davis received a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the United States Military Academy, and thereafter served as an Army officer for five years. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon, where his research focused on the economics of corporate political activity. Beyond teaching and helping to grow the cooperative economy, Davis enjoys market gardening and homesteading on Mount Desert Island.
Emma Yorra, Board Treasurer, is the Co-Director of Cooperative Development at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where she has been working with immigrant cooperatives for several years. Previously she spent four years in Nicaragua founding and directing an office of the cooperative finance fund, The Working World. She has a BA from Skidmore College in Economics and Latin American Studies.