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Between 2016 and 2018, the Stakeholders met on a monthly basis, with the convening support of the Department of Small & Local Business Development.

2016 - 2018

The DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group is a volunteer group of citizens, community leaders, business people, non-profits, and local government officials that began convening in fall of 2016, in response to an invitation by the Office of Innovation & Equitable Development, a part of the DC government’s Department of Small & Local Business Development.

Our mission is to create a nurturing co-op ecosystem in the District that supports the vitality and growth of all types of existing co-ops and the successful launch of new co-ops. We prioritize co-op opportunities within communities who traditionally have been economically and politically marginalized. We seek to weave a strong web of supportive relationships among all stakeholders, including every type of cooperative, supporting institutions and the city government. We aspire to create the first co-op business development center focused specifically on opportunities within the District of Columbia.

Accomplishments include:

  • Bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders to create a shared vision and mission statement;
  • Establishing a Recruitment Committee and developing nine Interim Steering Committee positions with role responsibilities and preferred qualifications/experience;
  • Creating a budget for all positions;

Between 2016 and 2018, the Stakeholders met on a monthly basis, with the convening support of the Department of Small & Local Business Development.

Interim Recruitment Committee

Katherine Richardson, Bruce Reynolds, Jim Johnson, Ron Hantz, Lolita Ratchford, Justin Franks, Emily Sladek

ViewAugust 14, 2018

Interim Steering Committee

In 2018, the Stakeholders Group took significant steps towards creating an Interim Steering Committee to guide its work moving forward, including planning for an eventual election of a Board of Directors and creation of a sustainable organization (structure to be...

ViewJune 30, 2019

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