Staff & Board
STAFF & BOARD
Griffin serves as Executive Director of Cooperative Development Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of $10 million in funds and directs grantmaking and programmatic strategies focused on promoting cooperative development. She was director of public policy for NCBA CLUSA from 2004 to 2010, and secured increases in funding for cooperative development, and policy changes related to cooperative finance and tax issues. From 2011 to 2021, she was with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), serving as senior advisor in its Office of Community Affairs since 2012, focusing on developing policies and programs to improve the financial lives of the economically vulnerable, including in the area of digital financial services. During her time at CFPB, she was twice detailed to the World Bank’s Consultant Group to Assist the Poor, where she worked on digital financial inclusion. Earlier in her career she spent nearly a decade at Consumer Reports as senior counsel on consumer finance issues.
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Griffin holds a JD from Temple University and an LLM, Economic Regulation from George Washington University.
Hanan El-Youssef is a multi-cultural polyglot with 15+ years of international experience in strategic programming, relationship management, and governance. She has a background in not-for-profits, economic development, member associations, and co-operatives. She served as Director of Strategy for the International Co-operative Alliance from 2013-2017 working to advance the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade. She is passionate about co-operatives as engines of self-determined economic development, worker and labor rights, and refugee and immigrant issues. Hanan earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude) and an MSc from the University of Pavia (Italy). She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Kirstie Boyette (she/her) serves as the Associate Director for the Cooperative Development Foundation where she directs operations related to grantmaking, fundraising, finances, and programs. She manages the application, review, and distribution process of nearly $1 million in annual grantmaking from CDF’s family of Funds that aim to grow member-owned and controlled businesses, develop authentic local leaders, and strengthen communities. Kirstie began working with the National Home Care Cooperative Initiative in 2019 where she collaborates with dedicated individuals in strengthening home care cooperative development and enhancing wellness with continuing education for member-owners. She also oversees the Cooperative Leaders and Scholars program designed to provide professional development for new and emerging cooperators to deepen knowledge across cooperative sectors.
Kirstie began her cooperative career at NCBA CLUSA where she focused on member events and strategic initiatives support. A graduate of the University of Florida, she holds a BA in Agricultural Economics and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. She is pursuing a graduate diploma in cooperative management from the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University, serves as a board director of CooperationWorks!, and is a member of the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) planning committee. Kirstie is the 2023 recipient of the William Hlushko Award to Young Cooperative Educators from the Association of Cooperative Educators.
CHS Inc., Retired
JOHN HOLDSCLAW IV
Indiana Cooperative Development Center
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF
Shared Capital Cooperative
Cooperative Home Care Associates