"I’m inspired by the long and rich history of cooperative economics in our region. The Greater Washington Center for Employee Ownership is a reclamation and continuation of bottom-up economic democracy. We’re providing resources and capital to help build a just and equitable economy that centers workers and communities."
Jennifer Bryant is the Program Manager for Community Wealth Building Initiatives at Wacif. In this role, she leads the Greater Washington Employee Ownership Center, a strategic investment to preserve legacy businesses and create new pathways to entrepreneurship. After working for several years in the labor and cooperative movements, Jennifer comes to Wacif grounded in the belief that shared ownership and community wealth are central to building racial and economic equity.
Committed to revitalizing and expanding employee ownership in the District, Jennifer was a founding steering committee member of Cooperation D.C., a grassroots group that organized trainings, learning journeys, and community popular education for low-income communities of color. She currently is a member of the D.C. Cooperative Stakeholders Group which was initiated by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development in 2016. Jennifer also helped establish D.C.’s first Black Worker Center before moving to the International Labor Communications Association, a constituent organization of the AFL-CIO.
A member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program, Jennifer helps connect leaders across the country and sectors to address health inequities and implement transformative public health initiatives. Her team’s project explores economic determinants of health and the impact of worker cooperative ownership on health outcomes in Southeast Washington.
Jennifer holds a BA in English from Howard University and a Masters of Education from St. John’s University.
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