Advisory Board

Advisory Board

(RESIGNED) David Ellerman works in the fields of economics and political economy, social theory and philosophy, and in mathematics. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy at M.I.T. (’65), and he has Masters degrees in Philosophy of Science (’67) and in Economics (’68), and a doctorate in Mathematics (’71) all from Boston University. He has been in and out of teaching in economics, mathematics, accounting, computer science, and operations research departments in various universities (1970-90), founded and managed a consulting firm in East Europe (1990-2), and worked in the World Bank from 1992 to 2003 where he was an economic advisor to the Chief Economist (Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern). Now he is a visiting scholar at the University of California in Riverside. Of particular relevance to worker cooperatives is his work on property theory, worker ownership, economic democracy, and democratic theory.

Christopher Mackin is the founder and President of Ownership Associates. He has worked professionally in the field of employee ownership for twenty-eight years. Chris is a frequent speaker in both the United States and Europe to groups interested in issues of corporate governance and organizational change and is also a regular contributor to newspapers and periodicals on the topic of employee ownership. After graduating from Georgetown University in 1974, Chris served as a Sidney Harman Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1978 to 1980 researching leading models of American industrial relations. He later completed a Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His Doctoral thesis was entitled The Social Psychology of Ownership. In addition to his work in the field of employee ownership, Chris is active in the field of ethical commerce and with efforts to promote alternatives to sweatshop working conditions.

Tom Pierson directs NASCO Development Services, a technical assistance not-for-profit focused on serving affordable housing cooperatives. Tom started working with cooperatives in 2000 as a member of Hard Times Cafe in Minneapolis, and other worker cooperatives in Minneapolis until 2006.  He served on the steering committee for forming the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), additionally serving as an international liaison for three years.  Following up on these efforts, Tom has served since 2008 as board secretary for the Democracy At Work Institute, a non-profit affiliate of USFWC focused on providing education and technical assistance for worker cooperatives.  Since April of 2010, he has served on the board, and loan committee, of Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, a cooperative CDFI that provides financing for small to medium sized enterprises.  Side projects include research and collaboration in restorative economics, land & labor rights, survivor-centered justice, alternative medicine, and unschooling.

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