The L.A. Co-op Lab is a collective that builds capacity for worker ownership in Los Angeles.

We host a variety of workshops and events where  aspiring worker-owners can meet, ask questions and test out their ideas.

Our aim is to advance  worker-ownership as one way for people who are often excluded from good jobs to collectively create their own and  meet community needs.

Ashley Ortiz

Ashley Ortiz

Ashley works for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, offering technical support to member coops, including the two newest candidates –– a construction coop and a landscape design/build coop. She recently spent two years studying worker cooperatives and is dedicated to helping the sector grow and thrive in L.A.

Celine Kuklowsky

Celine Kuklowsky

Céline is a researcher, organizer and activist who has spent the last decade working on social and economic justice campaigns. She has also worked as a policy advisor on urban sustainability issues in California and is passionate about building just, sustainable and local economies from the bottom up.

Karen Ochoa

Karen Ochoa works as a mentor and program coordinator for Antioch University's Bridge program, which provides free higher education to low-income students. She has an M.A. in Urban Sustainability and is passionate about building worker capacity in Los Angeles.

Gilda Haas

Gilda has run economic justice organizations, helped start a land trust and a community credit union, and has taught community economic development at universities for many years. She created the mobile coop lab to serve L.A.’s unique geography and is currently a loan officer for The Working World’s first coop loan in the City.