ROC USA, ROC Northwest leaders elected as national co-op leaders

Bradley, Gasaway hope to expand co-op relationships with new Board roles

CONCORD, N.H. – Two executives from the ROC Movement have been elected by their co-op peers to serve on the National Cooperative Business Association Board of Directors.

ROC USA® Founding President Paul Bradley and Northwest Cooperative Development Center Executive Director Diane Gasaway will serve on the NCBA Cooperative League of the USA’s board after being elected by the cooperative’s members this week.

“I am really excited to be joining the NCBA Board with Diane Gasaway from Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Ellis Carr from Capital Impact Partners and Howard Brodsky from CCA Global in addition to Directors I’ve yet to meet but who I know share a deep commitment to cooperative ownership,” Bradley said. “It’s a great staff and outstanding president, I can’t wait to get started!”

Gasaway agreed, adding that she’s looking forward to being a regional voice for all co-op leaders in the Northwest, including ROCs.

“It’s an honor to serve with respected co-op leaders from across the U.S.,” she said. “It’s my hope the addition of Northwest representation to the NCBA CLUSA Board will raise awareness of cooperatives of all types, including resident owned co-ops, occurring in our region.” 

NCBA CLUSA International supports cooperative businesses in the United States and promotes international development projects around the world. In their roles on the Board, Bradley and Gasaway will not only help shape the work done at NCBA CLUSA, but learn more about the greater cooperative sector worldwide and meet leaders in the field.

By fostering these relationships, the other cooperative leaders will then be able to meet with ROC Leaders to show how the different models compare.

This was one of the goals outlined in ROC USA’s latest Strategic Plan.

“ROC Members play a role in two key networks: among their more than 15,000 peers nationwide and with other leaders in the greater co-op sector,” Bradley said. “Serving on the NCBA CLUSA Board will be a vital way to build and grow those relationships with the latter group, and show ROCs how their model compares and differs from other.”

The announcement came May 7, during NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting and Virtual Town Hall. Voting was for NCBA CLUSA members.