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: ROC-NW Program Director

Matt has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute). He joined NWCDC in the fall of 2014 and coordinates 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 .  John earned a Masters in Management: Cooperative and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) in 2010 and currently is a PhD Candidate in Business Administration (Management). John is a founding member of the Democracy at Work Network and US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. He teaches a summer course on worker cooperatives at The Evergreen State College as well as serving on the Presidio University faculty for their Cooperative Management Certificate. 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. In addtiion to working with NWCDC, Deborah serves as 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.

Idalia Gutierrez, Cooperative Development Specialist

Idalia joined NWCDC in the fall of 2015 to work with the ROC Northwest program. Based in Moses Lake, Idalia served as president of her ROC before coming to NWCDC.


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