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


Farzana Serang, Executive Director -

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. She currently serves on the board of Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and the Oakland Food Policy Council.

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 young, but growing urban garden.


Rachel Vernon, Program & Operations Director -

Rachel is of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Mexicana and Caucasian descent and has spent most of her life in Northern Colorado. She has a Master's Degree in Ethnic Studies which focuses on community-owned food systems among American Indians living in Oakland, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 2008, with a major in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity.

Prior to joining CoFED, Rachel has worked predominantly in development. Most recently she worked as a Program Officer at First Nations Development Institute previous to First Nations she spent several years as a development associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. She currently resides in Oakland, CA.


Anna Isaacs, Field Staff -

Anna has worked with CoFED since January 2012, and is excited to see the organization grow in new ways! Anna worked in CECOSESOLA, an association of 80 cooperatives that serves about 55,000 families weekly in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. At Evergreen State College, she was a member of the worker-run restaurant, The Flaming Eggplant Cafe. After graduating, she worked with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center doing business and financial feasibility planning for a cooperatively-owned food processing facility. This year, Anna lives in California and is thrilled to support and organize with students all over the West Coast! Through this work, Anna hopes to build power that enables communities to have agency over making some of the most important economic and political decisions for themselves. Feel free to get in touch!