1worker1vote is building a national network of hybrid, shared ownership, regional and municipal ecosystems starting with unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome structural inequalities of opportunity, mobility, and income. Building pathways out of poverty leading to pathways toward prosperity.


There are 10 co-founders of 1worker1vote.org. Here’s a little more about us, our work and passions…

Kristen Barker
Passionate union worker co-op catalyst, mother, community organizer; co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative

Christopher Cooper
Committed to empowering people by helping to create economic opportunity; program coordinator at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center

William Generett Jr.
Working to make sure that all communities are connected to the new economy; founding CEO of Urban Innovation21

Carmen Huertas-Noble
Professor of Law at CUNY Law School; founding executive director for the CUNY LAW Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), leading the New York City launch of the 1worker1vote.org certificate curriculum for worker & union coop, hands-on training

Michael Peck
Overcoming inequalities of wealth/income, opportunity, and social mobility by applying the sixty years of Mondragon experience and principles to form, transform, and transition worker co-ops and union co-ops; Founder of ​MAPA Group​North American delegate for Mondragon

Missy Risser
Public interest attorney committed to social, racial, and economic justice; attorney with the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project

Elizabeth Sholes
Union co-op catalyst organizing California progressive faith communities, labor, immigrant groups, and communities of color

Amber Taylor
Communications expert for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses; owner of Taylored Communications

Ellen Vera
Co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) and National Manufacturing Organizing Coordinator for the  IUE-CWA

Rob Witherell
Developer of the union co-op model and union organizer

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