Greg BrodskyGreg Brodsky

Greg Brodsky brings a powerful background of strategy, tech, and entrepreneurship.  His work has ranged from business development for a multi-million dollar tech start-up to strategic planning for nationally known purchasing co-ops. Perhaps best known for launching the nation’s only purchasing co-ops for bicycle stores and for craft breweries, Greg is currently working to launch a national  accelerator program for new cooperatively owned enterprises.  He currently serves as board chair of the Cooperative Development Institute.

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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.

Josh DalyJosh Daly

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 DomagalErin Domagal

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.

Carolyn Lagomasino Edsell-VetterCarolyn Lagomasino Edsell-Vetter

Carolyn is a worker-owner and co-CEO of A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative in Waltham, MA. In 2013, she led the conversion of A Yard & A Half Landscaping to a worker-owned co-op, allowing the primarily Salvadoran immigrant employees to purchase the company from their retiring boss. Carolyn has been involved in co-ops and consensus communities since living in a cooperative house in college. She graduated summa cum laude in Religious Studies from Cornell University and holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. She was also a graduate of the 2015 Boston cohort of Inner City Capital Connections. Carolyn, her partner Jesse, and their two boys enjoy running, dancing, and growing ridiculous amounts of food in their small urban garden.

Jordan Motzkin, CDI Board memberJordan Motzkin

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 PrestonColleen Preston

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.

Emma YorraEmma Yorra

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.

Carla ZottoliCarla Zottoli

Carla Zottoli is the Executive Director of the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, a non-profit organization providing financial support for Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts. Carla came to the MWCC Foundation in 2013 from RCAP, a nonprofit specializing in housing development and homelessness programs, where she was Chief External Affairs Officer. She has also served as an aide to Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler, as a Business Consultant and Educator at the Center for Women & Enterprise (Massachusetts), and also has professional experience in real estate development. Carla also brings experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and board development in non-profit and for-profit management to the CDI Board. Carla holds a BA in Business Management and Entertainment Development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of the Women in Politics & Public Policy Program at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston.