Board & Administrative Coordinators

Current NoBAWC Board Members (see their statements below):

Ranil Abeyskara [Community Printers]

Adrionna Fike [Mandela Foods Cooperative]

Heather Farnham [Arizmendi 9th Ave.]

Staff (see their bios below):

Foresta Sieck-Hill     foresta@nobawc.org

Stephen Switzer    stephen@nobawc.org

Board Member Statements:

Adrionna Fike (Mandela Foods Cooperative) I hope to serve the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC)offering insight, creative ideas and will to learn from each member organization and potential member organizations. We shall be a well-connected and radically supportive community that provides thoughtful and artful resources meeting the needs of each member organization, while attracting and educating the Bay Area’s transforming workforce at large.  A personal goal in this leadership process is learning well enough to teach cooperative education within public education systems and as popular education, touching the hearts and imaginations of youth and workers everywhere. Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this important way.

Heather Farnham (Arizmendi 9th Ave) I have been a member of Arizmendi Bakery 9th Avenue SF for fourteen years. I currently serve on the Policy Council for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, representing my bakery in Association-wide cooperative development & support, as well as visioning future goals for expanding co-op business opportunities in the Bay Area. I recently worked with a group at Sustainable Economies Law Center to advocate a policy change in current California workers comp legislation to further protect worker cooperatives as viable, growing businesses. I am inspired to continue bridging and building communities within our sustainable and vibrant worker cooperative culture.

Ranil Abeysekera (Community Printers) I am a printer publisher, originally from Sri Lanka. During the 80’s I was a working member of a print and publishing collective. We facilitated and printed progressive literature for the protection of democratic rights, Human rights. I was influential in movements for pro democratic, anti government, and non violent struggle for regional autonomy of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. In the 90’s I was a collective member at Our Times that  published an independent labor magazine in Toronto Canada. I lived in the Don Area Cooperative housing coop which consists of 75 units. I was a board member and maintenance committee member for 6 years. I have been a member of The Progressive Printers network since 1992. In 1998 I moved to Berkeley and joined Inkworks Press. I have been active with West Berkeley Works, The Gray water guerilla movement, Spiral Garden Community Food Security project (President of the Board 2015), Synthetic Biology Watch group (synbiowatch.com). I am currently working with East Side Arts Alliance to print a public information poster series regarding gentrification. I am also involved with Inkworks’ transition plans to partner with Community Printers of Santa Cruz. I am exploring the possibility of Inkworks Press building as a future location where cooperative members can rent space collaboratively. If my nomination is approved, I look forward to help expand member cooperation in our network.

Staff Bios:

Stephen Rye Switzer has more than 10+ years experience in accounting for social enterprises. Based in Oakland, California, Stephen specializes in non-profits, B-Corps, cooperatives and social enterprises around the world. Stephen is a graduate of Middlebury College and is a 3rd generation bookkeeper.  Stephen is on the boards of Red Hen Collective and City Slicker Farms.

Foresta Sieck-Hill spent over 10 years as a worker-owner of two local cooperatives: Drag Racer Messenger and Pedal Express – where she learned the ins and outs of running a cooperative business.  She later worked with California Center for Cooperative Development and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

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