CoFED partners with young people of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to build food and land co-ops.

Team

Staff

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Hnin W. Hnin, Director (pronouns: they/them, she/her)

Email hnin@cofed.org about funding, partnerships and speaking opportunities.

Hnin brings to CoFED over 12 years of experience in social justice, solidarity economy, and collective liberation work. Their approach to cooperative development is informed by the ancestors, mother earth, and a multidisciplinary analysis that forefronts race, class, and gender. They are called to heal, love, and educate for social change. They live in the "yes, and", within the questions, and in between the no longer and the not yet. Before CoFED, Hnin worked with World Learning as a human rights educator and with Slow Food USA and ROC United building power to transform the food system. They hold a BA in Political Economy, with a concentration in International Studies, from Williams College. They were born in Burma and raised in Brooklyn, with ancestral roots tracing back to Toisan, China. They currently live in Queens with their two cats, Spring and Summer.


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Suparna Kudesia, Education Director (pronouns: she/her, they/them)

Email suparna@cofed.org about CoFED's Summer Co-op Academy + Racial Justice Fellowship.

Suparna’s tryst with education began on the streets of New Delhi, where she began her work as a community educator with children experiencing homelessness and survivors of violence in schools and colleges. After her undergraduate work in Delhi University, she packed her bags and left on a jet plane to the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She brings with her over 15 years of experience imagining and breathing life into educational programs. Apart from her work with children from ages 4 to 14, she has built empowerment education, ESL, and violence-prevention programs for immigrant womxn in the Bay Area. Suparna believes in the power of unraveled unlearning to shift narratives. She is guided by ancestral re-visioning, decolonizing praxis, and manifesting collective dreams. A fairly new mother, Suparna thinks everyday about how to nourish a better tomorrow for and with her little humxn; she has found some success in impromptu dance parties and dramatic reads of activist children’s books. She navigates the world through poetry, radical love, authentic dialogue, and transformation. Suparna lives in San Diego with her partner, toddler, and numerous bunches of coriander and chard.


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Maya Corinne, Communications Director (pronouns: she/her, they/them)

Email maya@cofed.org about creative partnerships, collective magic, gathering online, & the crazy ideas that keep you up at night. YES.

Maya lives in mesmerized devotion to the community artists that honor earth and society as their canvas, training cross-sector, global youth leadership in ceremony-based strategy and creative collaboration. As a curious, grateful, and delighted social economist that moves towards life, beauty, and magic, she’s obsessed with the emergent collective genius at the intersections of culture, justice, and sacred exchange. As an unschooled daughter and granddaughter of traditional Filipino farmers, founders, and medicine keepers, she was raised to organize culture, live in ritual, and collectively strategize to magnify genius. She believes completely that the most important product of any business, initiative, community, or movement is the wellbeing of the community landscape, so she’s crazy honored to play part and witness to our ever dope community here at CoFED. You can also find her speaking at companies, convening cross-sector organizations, and jamming with POC youth in the arts. She’s here in deep partnership with Earth, who dreams thru us, the Eternal that informs our gesture, and the ancestors evolving thru us. Head-to-floor.


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Anna Isaacs, Operations Manager (pronouns: she/her)

Anna has been working in and developing cooperatives for 10 years. She is passionate about systems that build power and enable communities to have agency over making some of the most important economic and political decisions for themselves. Her experience started as a worker-member of the student-run restaurant, The Flaming Eggplant Cafe. She also traveled to Venezuela to research and work in CECOSESOLA, a cross-sector association of 80 cooperatives that serve 55,000 families weekly. Before coming to CoFED, she worked with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center doing business and financial feasibility planning for a cooperatively-owned food processing facility.


 

2019 Racial Justice Fellows


Dallas Robinson, 2019 Racial Justice Fellow (pronouns: ey/em/eir)

Dallas is a beginning farmer working towards nourishing Black people’s relationship to the Land and agriculture. Raised in Rocky Mount, NC by a loving family including a sharecropper’s daughter, Civil Rights Organizers, and a former cotton mill worker. Dallas was raised by Black Southern strength. Dallas is so excited to be a CoFed Racial Justice Fellow. This opportunity supports eir work of celebrating Black Southern genius in North Carolina.

Eir fellowship project is a mix of oral history collection and on-farm workshops [at the Harriet Tubman Freedom Farm]. Ey, alongside eir farmer collective, will learn the stories of farmers and eir rural elders, many of whom are the children of sharecroppers, to bring light to the rich history of eir region as well as inform eir context for growing in Eastern North Carolina.

 



Kriss Mincey, 2019 Racial Justice Fellow (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Kriss a singer-songwriter, academic, and a designer of abstract things like frameworks for relating to each other; business models and roles that are both practical and perceptive, relevant and also responsive to the humanity in all of us. 

She is planting fruit trees in Baltimore City and learning how to grow food. Her focus at present is integrating the healing properties of working in soil with all the factions of her public works as well as her private life. As a CoFED fellow, she is converting her family's land of three generations into a universal design sensory garden that serves as a place of belonging for black femme bodies with ranging modes of mobility and ability.