2017 BLACK FARMERS & URBAN GARDENERS CONFERENCE
OPENING KEYNOTE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
9:30 - 11:00 AM
Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame (www.heroes.coop), Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D., is a political economist, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of NY. Dr. Gordon-Nembhard has numerous publications on cooperative economics, community economic development, credit unions, wealth inequality, community wealth, and Black political economy. She is an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of Saskatchewan, Canada); a board member of the Association of Cooperative Educators, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Collective, Green Worker Cooperatives, and the Southern Reparations Loan Fund; and Coordinator of the Shared Leadership Team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC. In addition, Gordon-Nembhard is a founding member of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives; was a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative; and is a
member of: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, the NCBA Council of Cooperative Economists, the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation, and The International Cooperative Alliance Research Committee. Jessica is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother of Stephon and Hugo Nembhard.