A strong team of Cooperative Development Practitioners is ready to assist you. Skills specific to start-up and organizational business development include: feasibility research, business planning, financial management, communications, strategic planning and group facilitation.
All Center work is guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set and agreed upon by co-op development leaders.
Diane Gasaway: Executive Director
Diane joined the Center in 2003 and together with the NWCDC Board of Directors has been responsible for building the Center into what it is today. Her specialty is in strategic planning, co-op education, co-op development, grant administration, and budget management for a multitude of projects. Diane has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. She received a Master of Public Administration (with a co-op emphasis) from The Evergreen State College.
Matt Fast: Cooperative Development Specialist
Matt has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute). He joined NWCDC in the fall of 2014 and works primarily with the Resident Owned Community project (ROCNorthWest).
John McNamara: Cooperative Development Specialist
John has 26 years of practical experience in the worker cooperative world with Union Cab of Madison where he served as a director for eight years and in management for over twelve (including General Manager). He has experience in marketing and strategic planning, governance models and human resources. John earned a Masters in Management: Cooperative and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) in 2010 and currently is PhD Candidate in Business Administration (Management) whose dissertation examines the burgeoning “union-coops” model of worker ownership. John is a founding member of the Democracy at Work Network and serves on its Board of Governors. He teaches a summer course on worker cooperatives at The Evergreen State College and is part of the faculty for Pinchot University’s Certificate in Cooperative Management. Recently,John co-edited a collection of essays on measuring co-operatives. It is available as a e-book at no cost from the Cooperative Difference.
Deborah Craig: Cooperative Development Specialist
Deborah Craig joined the NWCDC in 2014. Deborah has over 20 years of experience in cooperative management, specializing in Human Resources in the Food Co-op and Home Care Co-op industries. She has a Master’s degree from Western Washington University and is a peer adviser with the Democracy at Work Network. Deborah is also part of the first cohort of Democracy at Work Institute’s Fellows. Deborah specializes in homecare caregiver cooperatives as well as working with the ROC Northwest program.
Daniel Luis Arrañaga: Cooperative Development Specialist
Daniel has 7 years experience working in the non-profit sector and was a co-founder and chair for a start up food co-op in Eastern Washington. Daniel spent over a year in West Africa (Liberia & Côte d’Ivoire) as Assistant Director for an International NGO, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), and now serves on the board of directors for the US Representation of WCF. Daniel brings with him much needed bilingual skills for working with Hispanic communities in Washington State.
Sam Green: Cooperative Development Specialist
Sam works primarily with the ROC Northwest program assisting resident owned communities with the governance of their cooperatives. Sam is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.