Our board of directors is elected by our member co-ops and appointments are made by the Board.

Clark Arrington

Joined the board in 2017

Clark R. Arrington is an experienced attorney and educator with degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He currently serves as General Counsel for The Working World and lives in Philadelphia PA. Prior to joining The Working World he taught and practiced law in Africa. He organized a Masters Degree Program in Community Economic Development at the Open University of Tanzania on behalf of the Southern New Hampshire University, taught business law at the Kampala International University-Dar es Salaam, served as Special Counsel to Mkono & Co Advocates and served as a Legal Consultant to the African Development Bank in Tunisia. Before venturing to Africa, he served as Chair, General Counsel and Capital Coordinator for Equal Exchange, Inc. He also served on the boards of the ICA Group, the Social Venture Network and the Cooperative Fund of New England.

Will Crosswell — Treasurer

Joined the board in 2015, current term ends 2018
Cooperatives Will is a member of: Ardent Credit Union, Weavers Way Co-op, The Energy Co-op

Will serves as the Market Manager for Ardent Credit Union (formerly Sb1 Federal Credit Union). He is responsible for the development and coordination of new and existing business to provide opportunities and membership to their employees and family members, as well as lead the branch in Oaks, PA in the productivity and outreach. He has been working with financial cooperatives since 2011. Will is a native of South Carolina and in 2006, Will received his B.A. from Clemson University (2016 College Football National Champions, btw) where he majored in History and minored in Political Science. He enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsay, daughter Geneva, and pug Hubbard. Will resides in Philadelphia (Manayunk) with his family.

Brad Forbes

Joined the board in 2017

Cooperatives Brad is a member of: The Life Center Association (LCA) Housing Cooperative

 

Brad’s bio is coming!  In the meantime, check out Brad’s board candidate statement to learn more about him.

Annette Griffin

Joined the board in 2017

Cooperatives Annette is a member of: Navy Federal Credit Union; A & Associates; Valley Greene Apartments

 

Annette’s bio is coming!  In the meantime, check out Annette’s board candidate statement to learn more about her.

Charlyn Griffith

Joined the board in 2017

Cooperatives Charlyn is a member of:  Soil Generation; Friend’s Housing Cooperative; Ardent Credit Union; Park Slope Food Co-op

 

Charlyn’s bio is coming!  In the meantime, check out Charlyn’s board candidate statement to learn more about her.

Chris Hill

Joined the board in 2014, current term ends 2018

Cooperatives Chris is a member of: Weavers Way Co-op (Board President); Philadelphia Federal Credit Union; REI

Chris is a long-time editor and writer. He co-founded the Philadelphia City Paper; worked as an editor and department head at Rodale Press for 15 years; created an international website, New Farm, for organic and sustainable farmers around the world while at the Rodale Institute; and has run his own media business, Chris Hill Media, for the past 14 years. He has served on the Weavers Way Food Cooperative board for over 8 years, and is currently the Board President. A passionate supporter of urban agriculture in Philadelphia, he has organized and leads an annual urban farm bike ride for the last 11 years. He lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, where he raised his son and daughter with his wife Ellen. His backyard garden is large and productive.

Gregory Holt — Vice President

Joined the board in 2015, current term ends 2018
Cooperatives Greg is a member of: Life Center Association Housing Co-op, Mariposa Food Co-op, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Mascher Space Co-op

Gregory Holt has lived in the LCA Housing Co-op since 2008, serving several positions on the board. He is a dancer and choreographer who helped manage Mascher Space Co-op, an autonomous, cooperative dance space, for 8 years. He currently works for Earth Quaker Action Team organizing for economic justice.

 

Susan Kavchok

Joined the board in 2014, current term ends 2019

Susan supports and oversees the operations of the three childcare businesses and also works on the policy and advocacy end of the business. She has been a member of the cooperative since becoming eligible in 1989.

For Susan, cooperatives are important because they give the workers a voice in their workplace and they allow businesses whose workforce have a traditionally high turnover greater stability through ownership.

 Margaret Lenzi — Secretary

Joined the board in 2014, current term ends 2017
Cooperatives Margaret is a member of: Weavers Way Food Co-op, Energy Co-operative, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

yee_8556-20141115As a lawyer by profession and activist by nature, Margaret Lenzi has been deeply involved in the cooperative movement for many years. She was a founding member of PACA and worked to grow it into a thriving organization, specifically helping to incorporate and obtain 501(c)(3) status. Margaret has also been the VP of PACA, prior president of Weavers Way Food Co-op, and a current member of PACA’s Membership and Public Policy Committees. She is active in other community organizations such as Neighborhood Networks and POWER and she looks forward to the continued development of a cooperative economy in Philadelphia.

Mo Manklang — President

Joined the board in 2014, current term ends 2019
Cooperatives Mo is a member of: The Energy Co-op, Kensington Community Food Co-op

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance 2014 Membership Meeting College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomed Sciences & Prof. Studies 245 N 15th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102 November 17, 2014A native Philadelphian and Drexel alum, Mo Manklang is a creative strategist focusing on cooperative solutions and network building. She has been convening people in the arts, nonprofit, social enterprise, and cooperative areas the past five years in Philadelphia. Mo is Board President of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, a member of the Media and Marketing committee of the Kensington Community Food Co-op, a member of the Policy Committee of the Sustainable Business Network, and is cofounder of The Bechdel Test Fest, an annual festival highlighting women and transgender comedians in Philadelphia.

Frank Ortiz

Joined the board in 2017

A lifelong STEM educator, Frank has 20 years of experience facilitating learners both from across the United States as well as abroad in starkly different educational settings. A fierce advocate for democratic schools, like the Philadelphia Free School and, in particular, greater student self-determination and autonomy in achieving expert-driven objectives. Former Director and Instructor at the Henry George School of Philadelphia, forming editor and project manager at Earthsharing.org and a founding member of Serenity Soular. Frank is a competitive cyclist who is currently employed as an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Damali Rhett

Joined the board in 2017

Cooperatives Damali is a member of: The Energy Co-op

 

Damali’s bio is coming!  In the meantime, check out Damali’s board candidate statement to learn more about her.

 

 

 

Previous Board Members

Felicia Bender
Jasmine Hamilton
Abdul-Aliy Muhammed
Jamila Medley
Esteban Kelly
Lauren Troop
Krystal Eason
John Wieme
Teresa Mansell