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About Us

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The ICA Group Theory of Change

ICA seeks to create, promote, and support jobs, while collaborating with workers to define a truly entrepreneurial, democratic, and community-minded economy. Our approach interrupts economic destabilization of individuals and communities, transforming jobs into meaningful, dignified drivers of a robust economy. ICA envisions a future where workers lead and own democratic workplaces and shape political and economic systems. This new economy will support racial and gender equity, foster respect and inclusion, and create real opportunities for workers to cultivate wealth and autonomy.

Centering worker voice, growing worker wealth, and building worker power exist at the core of ICA’s mission, and describe a critical element of the strategy we employ to achieve meaningful societal transformation. We advance democratic worker ownership, which has the immediate effect of increasing worker voice and autonomy in the workplace, while fairly allocating financial returns. We also support the growth and development of social enterprises and promote the quality and dignity of temporary work through our work in alternative staffing, helping thousands of disadvantaged job seekers enter and succeed in today’s workforce.

Insufficient pay and benefits and unpredictable hours are endemic problems in many industries, with their root causes situated outside of individual firms. We believe that solving these problems requires transforming firms, building networks between institutions, and shaping macro-conditions that will foster quality jobs.

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Who We Are

Matt Berlin

Senior Business Consultant

Matt joined the ICA Group in 2016. Prior to working with ICA he held a variety of management positions in the private and public sectors including work as a corporate CFO, general manager of New York’s Citi Bike program, and Executive Director of New York’s student transportation system. He is an adjunct professor at the New School and serves on the board of the Literacy Assistance Center of New York. Matt has an MBA from Yale University.

mberlin@icagroup.org

Camille Gharib

Program Associate

Camille joined the ICA Group in 2018 to support all administrative and financial functions, systems development, and program work at the organization. Prior to ICA, Camille worked with CLPP, a national reproductive rights organization, where she gained experience developing accessibility practices in event organizing and movement building. Camille holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her free time, she loves reading and traveling.

cgharib@icagroup.org

David Hammer

Executive Director

David joined the ICA Group in 2008 and served as a Senior Business Consultant until becoming ICA’s Executive Director in 2013. David is a leading practitioner of employee buyouts of small business and worker cooperatives. David’s areas of expertise include governance design, market research, business planning, policy analysis, data analysis, and financial modeling. Prior to joining ICA, David served as Assistant Director of Research of 1199SEIU, the largest health care union on the east coast, and conducted research for UNITE in New York City and the United Steelworkers of America in Pittsburgh. David has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout the country in industries as diverse as long term care, child care, industrial laundries, apparel distribution, food retail, temporary staffing, hospitality, and manufacturing. David earned an MS from the Labor Relations and Research Center and a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

dhammer@icagroup.org

Katrina Kazda

Senior Business Strategist

Katrina Kazda joined the ICA Group in 2017 as a Senior Business Strategist. Katrina brings over 10 years of hands-on experience assisting businesses, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions through strategic change processes. She has worked in a wide diversity of business sectors from banking to food service, and with clients ranging in size from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations. Prior to joining ICA, Katrina served as Director of Programs at Sustainable America, a national non-profit organization working to make our nation’s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient. She also previously served as Managing Director at Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization with the mission to build economies that are local, green and fair. Katrina earned an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a BA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

kkazda@icagroup.org

Sandra Magri

Controller

Sandra joined the ICA Group in 2017 as Controller, and is responsible for all financial functions of the organization.  Prior to joining ICA, Sandra served in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in Boston, New York, and Springfield.  Sandra earned an MBA from University of Phoenix, a BS in Accounting from Merrimack College, and holds a Certified Public Accounting license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In her spare time, Sandra can be found on a soccer field or at a gymnastics meet cheering on her children. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association of her children’s elementary school.

smagri@icagroup.org

Anne McSweeney

Child Care Strategist

Anne joined the ICA Group in 2017 to support child care research and program development. Anne brings over 5 years of experience working in Head Start training and technical assistance, most recently as communications liaison for the Head Start Information and Communications Center. Anne earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she focused on state child care and preschool policy, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University.

amcsweeney@icagroup.org

Nic Miragliuolo

Business Consultant

Nic joined the ICA Group as a Business Consultant in 2017. Prior to joining ICA, he served for two years as an Americorps VISTA and worked for three years as a data analyst in the software industry. Nic is the lead analyst on the Home Care team, and his work includes direct technical assistance, market research, financial modeling, and data analysis. Outside of work, Nic has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Boston Youth Wrestling, a nonprofit committed to using the sport of wrestling as a vehicle for youth development. Nic has an MBA from Brandeis University, and received his BA in economics from Williams College.

nmiragliuolo@icagroup.org

Jennie Msall

Senior Business Consultant

Jennie joined the ICA Group in 2018 to support conversions to employee ownership across ICA’s program areas. In this role, she works with conversions clients on financial analysis, governance design, and building ownership culture. Prior to joining ICA, Jennie provided technical assistance to farm businesses across the country as a Farm Advocate at Farm Aid. She has also coordinated supply chain logistics for Equal Exchange’s fair trade banana company. Jennie earned her MBA from University of Massachusetts Boston and a BS in Urban Studies from Vassar College. In her free time, Jennie likes cooking and going on bike rides.

jmsall@icagroup.org

Shavon Prophet

Outreach Manager

As Outreach Manager, Shavon supports ICA’s work in child care and cooperative conversions by creating and implementing outreach strategies to nurture successful relationships with partners and clients. Prior to joining ICA, Shavon was the founder of a digital marketing agency and worked in marketing and communications roles for a number of social enterprises and mission-driven organizations. She is actively involved in the local start-up ecosystem and serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs of color with Spark EforAll Holyoke. Shavon earned her BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing her Social Impact MBA at Marlboro College. Her forthcoming graduate capstone project is on the subject of inclusive social innovation.

sprophet@icagroup.org

John Schwarten

Special Advisor

John joined ICA in 2016 and brings over 40 years of experience in banking, industry, and consulting. He was a partner in a boutique investment banking firm, specializing in M&A and corporate re-structuring, spent 15 years in commercial and merchant banking in New York City, and held positions in industry and management consulting. John holds a BA History from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

js@icagroup.org

Sara Stephens

Legal and Research Consultant

Sara Stephens joined the ICA Group in 2017 as a Legal and Research Consultant. She is an attorney licensed in the state of California with expertise in worker cooperatives and other social enterprises. She is also a Housing and Cooperatives Attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where she supports democratic workplaces and housing communities through legal advice, educational tools, and policy advocacy. Sara earned a JD from Berkeley Law and a BS in Sociology and Communications from the University of Washington.


Janet Van Liere

Program Director

Janet joined the ICA Group in 2000 as a Business Consultant and manages the Alternative Staffing Alliance. In this role, she facilitates peer learning and networking for practitioners across the US, documents sector best practices, and develops resources to support and promote this growing enterprise strategy for workforce development. Janet also performs feasibility analysis and business planning for selected projects. Before joining ICA, Janet worked as an Economic Development Specialist for the Burlington, Vermont Community and Economic Development Office and as a Peace Corps Small Business Advisor in Kenya. Janet earned an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.

jvanliere@icagroup.org

Jonathan Ward

Senior Business & Economic Development Consultant

Jonathan leads the employee ownership conversions program at the ICA Group. His work spans exit planning for business owners to financial analysis, and cooperative governance system design. Jonathan specializes in structuring and coordinating the financing for employee ownership transitions. Prior to his work at ICA, Jonathan worked in training and development for a leading digital marketing company. Outside of ICA, Jonathan likes to get his hands dirty growing food in the garden. He also has worked in nonprofits advocating for local and sustainable food and food system financing. Jonathan earned an MBA and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BS in Information Design and Corporate Communication from Bentley University.

jward@icagroup.org

Rachael Zafer

Communications Specialist

Rachael serves as Communications Specialist for the ICA Group where she plays a key role in developing mission-driven strategies to support ICA’s growth. Rachael serves as a leader and thought partner in the creation and dissemination of resources, tools, and news about ICA’s organizational and program-specific work. Rachael has fourteens years of experience as an educator, writer, facilitator, and consultant in the fields of higher education, community arts, and criminal justice. She holds an executive MPA from New York University and a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Rachael also teaches weekly yoga classes at a worker-owned community health center in Brooklyn and is a Co-Director of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative.

rzafer@icagroup.org

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Our Board

Christina A. Clamp, Professor of Community and Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University. Christina is an expert on the Mondragon system of cooperatives and the role cooperatives can play in community economic development.


David Hammer, Executive Director, the ICA Group. David has served as the Executive Director of the ICA Group since June 2013. He has over 15 years experience working for organizations dedicated to workplace democracy.


Damilola Odetola, Vice President – Corporate Banking at NCB. Damilola has been with the National Cooperative Bank since 2009. He is also on the Board of Partners for Development and is passionate about cooperatives and the informal sector.


José Luis Rojas Villarreal, Vice President, Commercial Banking, Small Business Loans at Boston Private. José is an experienced community banker with a focus on small and micro enterprises, rural producer organizations, metals consulting, and multilateral organizations.


Rand Wilson, Chief of Staff, SEIU Local 888. Rand is the current Chair of the ICA board and has held senior positions with several local and national unions. He is a trustee on the new Somerville Jobs Creation and Retention Trust, and was founding Director of the Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. Rand is the President of the Center for Labor Education and Research and on the board of directors for the Center for the Study of Public Policy.

Gerardo Espinoza, Executive Director of the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund. Gerardo has over twenty years of banking and investment management experience.


Melissa Hoover, founding Executive Director of the Democracy at Work Institute. Previously, Melissa was the founding Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and worked for six years as a cooperative developer with the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives.


Alexander H. Pyle, Partner at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green PA, a Boston-based law firm. Alexander’s practice focuses on advising entrepreneurial companies on corporate and transactional matters, including financings, securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and technology licensing.


Janet Van Liere, Program Director, the ICA Group. Janet has been a member of the ICA Group since 2001 where she oversees the alternative staffing program, which includes the Alternative Staffing Alliance.

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