2018 Co-op Developer Fellows

With generous support from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PACA is pleased to announce recipients of our 2018 Co-op Developer Fellowship.

Nyambi Royster

Nyambi represents a solid 15 year background in Public Health, Community Education and Social Service experience working in and for marginal communities with The Philadelphia Housing Authority as a Certified Housing
Specialist and Social Worker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As founding member of Soil Generation, her work includes supporting equity and social justice for community-managed green space, gardens, and farms through advocacy, grassroots organizing, and community education. Gardens, farms and green spaces are integral pieces of a healthy neighborhood, yielding many benefits.
As a Urban Farmer Nyambi envisions an equitable food system that value and maximizes the collective experience for Black and Brown Farmers, Growers, Producers, Distributors, Cooperatives and Families of Color.

Jeanette Cuevas

Hello! I am a first generation Chicana, raised in north Georgia, studied in Atlanta, and transplanted to Philadelphia. A cornerstone of my political education is the history and power of radical traditions in the U.S. South, and in the power of grassroots liberation movements. Rooted in the intersections of my culture and experiences, I want to create and support systems that will directly impact the lived reality of immigrant, low-income, and marginalized communities. Co-operatives can interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty and create spaces to reflect our traditions and history. Cooperatives are a key piece of movement infrastructure. The political and geographical landscape in which cooperatives are grown are fertile soil for social justice movements to build and grow, to provide outlets and visions for new ways of being. Through the fellowship, I want to explore and share Philadelphia’s co-operative history, directly provide technical assistants to co-ops in the region, and create meaningful connections between social justice movements and the co-operative movement. Many thanks to PACA for bringing me into the co-op community!

See the fellowship description here.


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

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.


PACA Communications Volunteer

Hours: 5-10 hours per week

Summary of Volunteer Needs: PACA seeks volunteer assistance with developing and implementing its communications plan and strategies.  Support is primarily needed for routine social media engagement.  Opportunities also exist to help with writing and copy editing for PACA electronic and print-based communications to various constituents including donors, co-op members, and the wide array of co-op supporters in our region.   At 5-10 hours per week, we are seeking 1-2 individuals to fill this volunteer role.

Intern & Volunteer Alumni

Lily Goodspeed
Scarlett McIntosh
Mowie Freeman