CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.

Our Team

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Farzana Serang, Executive Director - farzana@cofed.org

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Farzana Serang is proud to join CoFED as its first Executive Director. She brings a diverse set of skills and advocacy expertise rooted in 10 years of cultivating and managing strategic cross-sector relationships, coalitions, and partnerships. She has used her leadership development experience to strengthen the impact of triple bottom line initiatives that provide equitable benefit for people, the planet, and the economy.

Most recently Farzana worked with PolicyLink, where she helped build a national online platform to showcase asset-building strategies, best practices, and efforts to build lifelong economic security. She also recently worked as a consultant for the Democracy Collaborative, researching innovations in anchor institutions that generate community wealth, and supported local food business development with the national enterprise Milk & Honey.

In 2012, Farzana graduated from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she received a Masters in City Planning focused on community and economic development. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education.

Along with her partner, she is the proud parent of a 2-month old urban garden.

 

 

Anna Isaacs, Programming Coordinator – anna@cofed.org

Anna first studied coops through a political economy and sustainable development program in Venezuela. While there, she had the opportunity to work in CECOSESOLA, an association of cooperatives that serves about 55,000 families weekly and is made up of 80 cooperatives. While in school at the Evergreen State College, she studied locally-directed development around regional food systems in the United States and worked in the student-run cafe, The Flaming Eggplant. After graduating, she worked with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and a local entrepreneur, doing business and financial feasibility planning for a cooperative food processing facility. During that time, Anna also started working with CoFED as the Northwest Regional Organizer in order to continue the work that she is passionate about and make a livelihood. She has grown with the organization and now gets to try new things as CoFED's Programming Coordinator. 

Through this work, Anna hopes to build power that enables communities to have ownership over making some of the most important political and economic decisions for themselves. Organizers like Paulo Freire and Myles Horton inspire her work. Anna lives in a magical home in Olympia, Washington with a big garden, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. When it's not raining, you can find her on a walk, working outside, or scheming some big dream.

 

If you are looking for information on our wonderful Regional Organizers, visit their pages below:

Eric Recchia, California RO

Lauryl Berger-Chun, Northeast RO

Ruby Levine, Midwest RO

Whitney Bard, Pacific Northwest RO

Yahya Alazrak, Mid-Atlantic & Southeast RO

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