Jamila Medley

Executive Director

For 20 years, Jamila has strengthened organizations by helping their stakeholders gain knowledge and skills that enable them to participate fully in their roles as staff, board members, and volunteers.  Her career has been devoted to supporting mission-based organizations in the nonprofit and cooperative sectors that serve diverse constituencies.

Jamila was introduced to cooperatives at Mariposa Food Co-op where she was membership & marketing manager and organizational development coordinator. Jamila is an experienced facilitator and leader who is passionate about working with existing, new, and emerging co-ops on  leadership development, strengthening democratic practices, and strategic planning. She lives in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Peter Frank

Director of Finance and Development

photo credit: Erin Clark

photo credit: Erin Clark

Peter Frank has dedicated his career to growing the cooperative movement in Philadelphia. Most recently, he served as organizational development coordinator at Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philly. He also serves on the board of The Energy Co-op. In 2011, Peter worked as advocacy coordinator for Cooperation Works, supporting legislation introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives to develop co-ops in underserved communities.

Peter’s overarching goal at PACA is to create a sustainable organization that has measurable impact on the surrounding community.

Peter lives in Philadelphia’s East Kensington neighborhood with his wife, Emily, and son, Arthur. Peter and his neighbors are in the process of launching the Kensington Community Food Co-op.

Michaela Holmes

Director of Cooperative Development

photo credit: Erin Clark

photo credit: Erin Clark

Michaela Holmes was raised on a farm in rural Oregon. Since then, she has lived in a number of different places – Seattle, Austin, TX, San Diego, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Langlois, Oregon. She now lives in West Philly with her partner, their dog, Lou, and their cat, Piper.

Michaela studied organizational change management and is dedicated to supporting cooperative business models, which she believes are a tool for social and economic change. Before coming to PACA, Michaela was an intern with Praxis Consulting Group in Chestnut Hill and a staff member of the Democracy At Work Institute. She is currently on the board at the Mariposa Food Co-op.

Caitlin Quigley

Director of Communication & Development

Caitlin QuigleyCaitlin Quigley lives in West Philly and is a working member of Mariposa Food Co-op, where she also served on the board. She is a member of The Energy Co-op, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, and NIH Federal Credit Union.

Caitlin has written about co-ops for Generocity.org, Grassroots Economic Organizing, and Resilience.org. Prior to joining PACA, Caitlin worked for Bread & Roses Community Fund moving money to social change groups in the Philadelphia region.

Kristin Schwab

Co-op Organizer

Kristin Schwab, PACAKristin Schwab is a community educator, cook, and organizer who facilitates collaboration and communication across difference. A native to the Philadelphia area, Kristin has over ten years of experience developing programs, leading workshops, and organizing young people and adults for social change. Recently she has led trainings, facilitated meetings, and consulted for North American Students of Cooperation, Youth Health Empowerment Project, Sunday Suppers, Philadelphia Museum of Art, W/N W/N Coffee Bar, and The Village of Arts and Humanities. Kristin holds a B.A. in Individualized Studies (with a concentration in popular education and solidarity economics) from Goddard College.

Intern & Volunteer Alumni

Lily Goodspeed
Scarlett McIntosh
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