Rozzie Bound is currently exploring the possibility of incorporating as a multi-stakeholder worker- and consumer-owned cooperative. We have been guided in our work by Stacey Cordeiro, director of the Boston Center for Community Ownership through the City of Boston’s Onsite Technical Assistance Program. The Committee began meeting monthly beginning in December 2020 and has four active Working Groups: MissionVision, Business Planning, Operations, and Governance. We are also receiving legal assistance from students in the Transactional Clinic at Suffolk University School of Law.
As you will see from their bios below, we have a stellar Cooperative Steering Committee, with a rich diversity of skills, talents, and experiences.
Hendrix is a financial planner, portfolio manager and solidarity economy organizer. As an advisor/analyst at Balanced Rock (based in Roslindale), Hendrix and her team run an impact investing strategy for individuals and families interested in values based investing, which includes financing cooperatives. Hendrix is a founding organizer with the Boston Ujima Project, which in 2018 launched the first democratic investment fund in the country, aimed at returning wealth to working class communities of color. She is also a founding organizer of the Massachusetts Solidarity Economy Network, board member of the US Solidarity Economy Network and recipient of the 2019 Socially Responsible Investing Conference 30 Under 30 award.
Ana Crowley Noordzij
Ana is an artist, mother, chef, teacher, and community organizer. As an artist in Fort Point, she helped negotiate leases and terms for thousands of artists serving as Fort Point Community Artists (FPCA) president for 5 years. She produced plays and grant funded public art events, and opened the Channel Cafe, an open books, locally sourced restaurant to serve the community. While living in Roxbury, she was also involved in the art scene there, becoming the art teacher for Paige Academy, an Afro-Centric private school. Ana’s work history also has given her experience as right hand women for many small businesses and a 7 year stint in food co-ops. She is now focused on her ceramics, her small urban farm and guiding her two children through Boston Public Schools. You can learn more about Ana and her art at ananoordzij.com.
Mea Johnson, Mescalero Apache, has been a community and cultural organizer in the Boston, MA area for over 17 years. Through this work, and as a way to build deeper with other organizers within the city, she began a monthly potluck rotation that lifted up the food and cultures of the communities that she was in struggle with. This effort led to this group being asked to cater a weekend wedding, and in that, Olio Culinary Collective, a worker-owner cooperative was born. The co-op is currently opening a narrative cuisine restaurant, Tanam in Somerville, lifting up both food and cultural as the center of the intersections of strengthening community. Mea came to baking as an answer to an internal call that she felt drawn to and was able to bake at both Flour and Softra, which lead to asking more questions, about the industry, sustainability and the need to return to her own cultural understanding of food, thus she began the project, Harm Free Eats, which is in process at nexus of farm-to-table, workers across the chain and the urban Indigenous community.
The founder of Rozzie Bound, Roy is a teacher, writer, and activist. He was founding director of the Civic Education Project, Inc., which promoted youth civic engagement, youth voice, and Restorative Justice/Peace Circles in Boston area schools. He served as Director of the Alternative Diploma Program at UTEC, which engaged students in Lowell, Massachusetts facing significant barriers to their education. He is active in community life, as a member of the Ward 18 Democratic Committee, elected in 2020 as a “Fresh Slate” to increase transparency and voter engagement. Most recently, he helped launch a grassroots parent organizing effort called MA Parents for Remote Learning Options. He lives in Roslindale with his wife Courtney and their 7 year old daughter, a BPS second grader.
Kate is the founder and owner of Papercuts Bookshop, the award-winning independent bookstore in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. A former Borders bookseller and publishing professional at Little Brown.
Ivy is a researcher/data analyst, baker for fun, and cooperator. She is one of the founding members of Olio Culinary Collective, a majority BIPOC worker-owned catering company dedicated to sustainable sourcing, workplace fairness, and the celebration of food as culture. She currently serves as a Board member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives (GBCC) and as a member of the nascent Boston Employee Ownership Council, with the mission of strengthening and growing the cooperative ecosystem in and around Greater Boston.
Judy (she/her/hers) is a Roslindale-based freelance writer and educator. Her publications include essays at HerStry, 805Lit, and WBUR’s Edify. She is the author of two books for middle schoolers in the Remarkable Women in Science series. She serves on the submissions committee for Tell-All Boston, which showcases both established and emerging writers. She has worked in environmental education and taught middle and elementary school science, including 19 years in the Boston Public Schools. Judy practices meditation regularly and was a board member for the Greater Boston Women’s LBTQ Community Meditation Group. She has two young adult children and lives in Roslindale with her wife, an artist and teacher. She’s on twitter @McClurewrites
Tanya (she/her), is a Black mother, puppeteer, educator and racial justice facilitator. She is the founder of Little Uprisings, a consultancy service that through curriculum design, workshops and practical pedagogy, strives to make racial justice an everyday goal. As an artist in Puppet Showplace Theater’s Incubator program, she produced and co-created a puppet production of Innosanto Nagara’s “My Night in the Planetarium” funded by The Boston Foundation and The Jim Henson Foundation. She has partnered and consulted with many institutions in Greater Boston including the Boston Public Library, Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Papercuts JP and Frugal bookstore. Tanya is also the newest recipient of the Arts and Business Council’s Creative Entrepreneurial Fellowship for 2021. You’d mostly find Tanya playing with and learning from her 8 year old daughter, laugh/groaning at her husband’s puns, dreaming up fun ways to engage children in racial justice through art and literature and radically imaging how we all get free together.
Kim is an interface expert, writer, editor, musician, and 25-year resident of Roslindale. She’s written for wire services, newspapers and magazines including AP, Reuters, the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, and Technology Review. Kim architected a system for interactive transcripts as lead researcher for Duke University’s Rutherford Living History program, and helped PBS Frontline build a similar system. She is also an invited expert for the World Wide Web Consortium. Kim is a founding board member of local sustainability group GreeningRozzie and cofounded the Border Crossing Music Mashup music series. She plays fiddle in several local bands, including Bookmatch Duo, Creek River String Band and Louder Than Milk. You can follow her on Twitter @PatchOnTech. Her websites are http://scriven.com and http://patchontech.com.
Andrew’s passion is working on behalf of young people from historically underserved communities. Andrew is a Senior Program Manager at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Office of Grants and Research where he oversees a grant program designed to reduce incidents of violence in schools. Previously, he worked on programs intended to promote constructive, non-punitive delinquency prevention and intervention services and projects, and worked on efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system. Prior to working at EOPSS, Andrew was a public defender in Boston with the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Andrew is a member of the Wellesley Friends Meeting where he is clerk of the Challenging White Supremacy Committee. With his favorite hobby being reading, he is excited to be involved in Rozzie Bound.
Dean is a musician and concert organizer, Spanish interpreter, Central America traveler, presence at the Roslindale Farmers’ Market, where he sells coffee and crafts imported from El Salvador, and a church administrator and music director at The Community Church of Boston. His website is http://www.deanstevens.com.
Talia Whyte is a freelance journalist and web designer. She is the owner of Global Wire Associate, a digital marketing communications firm. Her writing can be found in the Houston Chronicle, The Progressive, The Grio, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, PBS, Al Jazeera English, among many other outlets. She is also Treasurer of the Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library (a Rozzie Bound Community Partner). Her website is https://taliawhyte.com/.