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 learn how to start and sustain a cooperative business, together. We are also members of Seed Commons, a financial cooperative made up of a national peer network of co-op developers who are committed to building more distributed ownership and democracy in our respective local economies.

Our aim is to advance worker-ownership as one way to push back against inequality, gentrification, and the gig economy by helping people who are often excluded from good jobs to collectively create their own and meet community needs.

Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki is a National Organizer for the Climate Justice Alliance, a skilled conflict mediator and facilitator, and helped create a 45 unit affordable housing cooperative at the Los Angeles Eco-Village where she lives. She loves gardening, karaoke, board games, and thinking about community governance structures.

Adriana Swain

Adriana Swain

Adriana is the L.A. Co-op Lab's Project Steward and is the Board Secretary for the Beverly and Vermont Community Land Trust. She is passionate about equitable community development, worked at Uplift Inglewood Coalition and the Social Justice Learning Institute, and has an MS in Environment, Politics and Development.

Karen Ochoa

Karen Ochoa is a program manager for the Hospital Association of Southern California who co-founded the L.A. Co-op Lab as her capstone project for an M.A. in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University. She is a dreamer and a dancer who works towards the day when economic democracy is the new normal in L.A.

Gilda Haas

Gilda Haas

Gilda has led numerous economic justice organizations, is a founder of the Right to the City Alliance, and has taught community economic development at UCLA for many years. She created the mobile co-op lab to serve L.A.’s unique geography and is on the Board of Seed Commons financial cooperative.

L.A. Co-op Lab Advisors

Our Advisors

Nancy Berlin

Nancy is a leader in the related projects of the Arroyo Sustainable Economies Organizing Project, the Time Bank, and the Community Revolving Loan Fund.

Alfredo Carlos

Alfredo Carlos

Alfredo teaches political science at California State University Long Beach and is the Executive Director of the Long Beach based Foundation for Economic Democracy.

Rudy Espinoza

Rudy is an urban planner with a passion for neighborhoods, entrepreneurism, and financial empowerment. He is presently the Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City in L.A.

Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki Kidokoro

Yuki is our team's representative on the Advisory Board.

Ashley Ortiz

Ashley Ortiz

Ashley is a co-founder of the L.A. Co-op Lab. She lives in Oakland where she works for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, offering support to member coops.