Mead has 30 years of experience with cooperative organizations, most recently serving as president of The Cooperative Foundation, a private foundation based in St. Paul, MN. Through her leadership, The Cooperative Foundation was an early supporter in the emerging worker cooperative field. The Cooperative Foundation is also the primary funder of the National Cooperative Education Inventory and Needs Assessment being conducted by Southern New Hampshire University. Mead began her career with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, raising from assistant general counsel to the positions of vice president for legal, tax and accounting policy and vice president for education. She also served as the executive administrator of the Association of Cooperative Educators, an international organization of cooperative educators and developers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law — Bloomington. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons.
Ellen Quinn, Grants and Funds Manager
Ellen Quinn taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, now again the Congo. In Washington she worked for the National Geographic Society, trade associations, and the SUSTAIN project housed at the National Cooperative Business Association, before joining CDF in 1996.
Cassie is a graduate from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in American Studies and a concentration in Media Studies. She has been working in the events industry for over 12 years, and has recently entered the fundraising and non-profit sector.
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