Ti Abner

Study Circles Coordinator

Ti Abner is a licensed Social Worker and Community Organizer born and raised in Philadelphia. Engaging in consistent analysis and meditation throughout her experiences, she came to understand that interpersonal and mental health “issues,” have generational, macro and systemic roots. Ti committed her graduate school education at Bryn Mawr Graduate School Of Social Work and Social Research to studying macro level practices and approaches to systemic change. Over that time, Ti transitioned out of traditional mental health roles and into direct freedom work with a focus on the black liberation movement. Ti utilizes a variety of traditional (mainstream)  and nontraditional resources, mediums, skills and healing modalities for the work of both internal and external liberation. In contrast to systemic processes, she recognizes the importance of Cooperative frameworks as an expression of communality. Her work centers community, understanding it is necessary for creating an environment that supports change, healing, freedom and social justice endeavors. Ti continues to share, guide and support individuals, collectives and communities in radical change efforts locally and nationally.

You can reach Ti at ti@philadelphia.coop.

Amethyst Carey

Co-op Developer

Amethyst Carey

Amethyst (she/her) is an organizer, solidarity economy practitioner, and a lover of cooperatives. She has made home in many places and is excited to now be rooting in Philly. Amethyst believes deeply in the potential for cooperatives to serve as sites of radical transformation and is thrilled to bring her Queer & Black liberation-centered lens to her work as a Co-op Developer at PACA. 

Before joining PACA, Amethyst served as a Co-op Organizer at the Center for Economic Democracy (CED), where she coordinated the Coalition for Worker Ownership and Power (COWOP), a multi-stakeholder racial and economic justice initiative advancing policies, financing, and technical assistance to grow worker ownership across Massachusetts. Prior to her work with CED, she had the privilege of supporting resident and community engagement at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s nationally recognized community land Trust, Dudley Neighbors Inc.

Amethyst is a Board Member at CoFED, a national nonprofit supporting young Queer and Trans people of color in the practice of cooperative economics and values through food and land, and the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE), a co-op centered community development loan fund. She is an avid gardener, a podcast and music lover, and passionate about resting as much as she works. Amethyst is a graduate of Oberlin College.

You can reach Amethyst at amethyst@philadelphia.coop.

Joshua Reaves

Operations Coordinator

Joshua Reaves (he/him) is an Operations Coordinator for the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. He joined PACA’s staff in July of 2022. Joshua is passionate about community organizing, fitness, and life. Born in Philly, Joshua went to trade school in New Jersey. Joshua first learned about the cooperative movement in college, where he was convener of his university’s coffee cooperative.

He later completed his Master’s in City Planning in 2020 from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been working freelance on community arts, economic development, and real estate projects since. Alongside his professional work, Joshua is a socialist, pan-Africanist, and organizer, having founded and organized alongside multiple gardens, mutual aid projects, and anti-gentrification organizations in the city.

Joshua believes deeply in the power of organized African peoples. Cooperative industries and workplaces first took root in ancient and classical African civilizations. Traditional systems of cooperation and mutual development can be seen all across the continent, and the earliest recorded cooperative guild was found in Ancient Egypt in 3,000 B.C. Today, Black cooperative alliances have taken root in places such as Cuba, Mississippi, and across the continent of Africa. When aligned with political strategy towards Black freedom, cooperatives can reaffirm the necessary traditional values of Kwanzaa: Ujima (collective work) and Ujaama (cooperative economics).

You can reach Joshua at joshua@philadelphia.coop.

Corey Reidy

Co-op Developer 

Corey (she/her) began organizing within the cooperative movement at the very start of 2008. Since then she has been a worker-owner in two cooperatives: one longstanding and one start-up. She believes deeply in the potential of cooperatives to remake the economy away from one of exploitation and into one of solidarity and equity. Thereby, coops can serve as an important piece of the puzzle in moving towards a just collaborative-mutualist future (of which cooperatives build through their democratic radically inclusive practices in the present). 

Alongside cooperative organizing, Corey worked in a slew of horizontalist social justice projects and movements while she made Baltimore, MD, her home for over a decade. In 2016, Corey left Baltimore and began running campaign offices for state and local races and causes. Directing a grassroots fundraising office brought her to Philly in 2017. She quickly fell in love with the city and has since made it her home. 

Today Corey invests in as much climate justice organizing as she is able. She also practices and teaches yoga (both mean a great deal to her). When not doing these things — she loves to hangout with her cats and human friends. She also likes to read and write things. Corey graduated from Towson University with her Bachelor’s in Cultural Studies. One of her senior theses studied the power of the cooperative movement.

Corey believes deeply in the contagiousness of participatory democracy towards empowering individuals into becoming communities/collectivities – in order to supplant systems built on divisiveness and repression/oppression – alongside doing the work necessary to make people’s realities better in the here and now. She is very excited to be doing coop development work at PACA.

You can reach Corey at corey@philadelphia.coop

Alex Stewart

Membership Director

Greetings! I am a Philadelphia native seeking healing and peace through the struggle for economic and social liberation from exploitative systems. I live a life of love through contributing to building community-owned infrastructure and mutual-aid resources, connecting with myself and the earth as a means to bring balance to the world around me, and creating conversations where there is complexity, to heal one another and be heard by one another.

I’ve been involved with the cooperative economy for over a decade as a freelance developer and through movements such as Occupy Wall Street. I am an Afro-Indigenous Puerto Rican with a family history of over 120 years in Philadelphia that includes strong labor union roots. I believe social liberation can only be achieved through economic liberation and that co-ops are valuable tools to enable our communities to become thriving and self-determined environments, in which each member is a critical piece of something larger than themselves.

The cooperative community can offer the ability for each community member to step into their purpose with love, care, and understanding. I aim to support the cooperative membership in doing just that! The creation of foundational infrastructure for co-ops can be the means of production for a more compassionate economy we all deserve to live in.

You can reach Alex at alex@philadelphia.coop.