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The Cooperative Capital Board includes the following people:
BRUCE BOARDMAN, Treasurer, Brattleboro, Vermont. Bruce is the CFO of the Brattleboro Food Coop and spends time consulting to other neighboring food cooperatives. He is a graduate of Bentley College and was employed for several years as a CPA with the national CPA firm of Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young). He has been Treasurer of the Bristol Yacht Company, and served as president of the Kenyon Division and later as a group vice-president for the Outdoor Recreational Products Division of the Brown Group in St. Louis, a company most known for their shoe divisions (Naturalizer, Buster Brown, etc.). In Vermont, he is the town auditor in his town of Jamaica, VT and has served as Chairman of the tax assessors for that town.
JON CRYSTAL, Burlington, Vermont. Jon is the Executive Director and a founding Board member of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. He has worked for the Industrial Cooperative Association (ICA) as a loan officer with the ICA Revolving Loan Fund and as a consultant to the Marianist Sharing Fund, a faith based lender which has supported worker-owned businesses. Jon’s work experience also includes worker-ownership at GardenWay, Inc. as the assistant to the chief financial officer: assistant vice president of the University of Vermont (UVM) and Budget Director of Castleton State College. He has consulted to small businesses and non-profits in organizational planning and finance and taught as adjunct management faculty since 1987 at the graduate level at St. Michael’s College, as well as at UVM. Jon has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
ANDREW DANFORTH,Clerk, Foxborough, Massachusetts. Andy is Managing Director of Circinus Group, which is as a portfolio social lender and commercial conduit, and provides financial and systemic consulting services to the international residential finance community. He has a quarter century of executive, accounting, technological, entrepreneurial and operational experience in banking and finance, and has held executive finance positions for two public companies. During his career, he has worked with 7 of the 20 largest US banks, several Wall Street brokerage houses, served as a liquidating Officer of the FDIC, as well as assisting local lenders, government agencies, Indian tribes and regional non-profits. Internationally, he has worked on projects in Canada, Australia, the UK, and in South Asia. He currently serves as an adviser to the Mexican National Workers Housing Fund , and to a UN/NGO on the practical application of Shari'ah (Islamic law) to micro lending programmes in Southeast Asia. He has been an organizing member of several charitable and political groups, and is a Director of Boston-based Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH). Andy is serves as Board President of CFNE.
REBECCA DUNN , Wilmington, North Carolina. Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Fund of New England and serves as Executive Director for the Cooperative Capital Fund. She manages the Fund from her home office (which moved in April, 1994.) She commutes to New England on an as needed basis and to facilitate tertiary Board and Executive Committee meetings. She has extensive experience as a business consultant and as a commercial loan officer for Barclays American. She was formerly a bank examiner for the State of Connecticut. Rebecca has also worked as a consensus process trainer and non-profit advisor to a number of groups. These include her local food co-op, an urban grocery store project, a symphony orchestra, an artists collective, and Dance New England. She helped the Wilmington Community Coalition, a diverse organization which served low-income city neighborhoods, form a community loan program. She has served on the Board of the National Community Capital Association, Temple of Israel, the Wilmington YWCA, New Hanover County Human Relations Commission, and Tidal Creek Food Coop. She has a BA in economics from Trinity College and an MBA in finance.
CORY GREENBERG, President, Shutesbury, Massachusetts.Cory has been advising businesses and non-profits on financial, management, planning, real estate and negotiating for over 30 years. During this time he has been active in business and non-profits as an owner, managing partner, investor, chief financial officer, treasurer and board member. Cory is Treasurer and board member of Ten Directions, Inc. and is on the advisory board of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. He has been CFO at a publicly traded company as well as a financial manager of a worker cooperative, and is a graduate of Hampshire College. Cory was board member of the Co-operative Fund of New England from 1993-2010, serving as loan committee chair and treasurer. For more information visit: www.cory.greenberg.com.
MARY O'HARA, Boston, Massachusetts. Mary is a member of the consulting cooperative, Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC. She provides organizational development, strategic planning, and market analysis services to CDFI’s, community land trusts, and national non-profit intermediaries. Mary has served as the Director of Lending at the Institute of Community Economics and was a founding board member of the Boston Community Loan Fund. Mary has served as a guest lecturer at the Graduate Program in Community Economic Development at New Hampshire College and as an Instructor at National Community Capital Association’s and the National Community Land Trust annual conferences. The Cooperative Fund of New England has been a retainer client of Mary's for the last 3 years; Mary acts as Outreach Coordinator for CFNE assisting the Executive Director with visiting current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance, administration of the loan portfolio, and marketing the Fund in Eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. She has a BA in Government and Human Services from Cornell and is a member of Harvest Food Coop and Direct Federal Credit Union.
L.J. TAYLOR, Somerville, Massachusetts. L.J. is President of the CCF baord and a worker-owner and senior sales representative at Equal Exchange, in West Bridgewater, MA a worker-owned co-operative marketing fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate from small farmer co-ops. He has worked in Bulk Foods at Weaver Street Co-op in Chapel Hill, NC. He has volunteered for the post of Mentor/Buddy coordinator at Equal Exchange to help push the continuing education needed to help cooperatives survive. L.J. helped in the formation of the Independents Coffee Cooperative in Philadelphia, which consists of café owners who support Fair Trade. He has a BA in mathematics from the University of Virginia where he specialized in business development and raised funds through the UVA Development Office.
ADAM TROTT, Vice-President, Florence, Massachusetts. Adam Trott is in his 3rd year as a worker/owner of Collective Copies in Massachusetts. Along with the Cooperative Capital Fund, Adam sits on the board of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. He cherishes his participation in the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, as well as the 4 years he spent at the Fourth Street Food Co-op in Manhattan, with 2 years on their Finance Committee. Adam graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Theater and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy.