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Cooperation Buffalo is a project of The Working World, a 501(c)(3) community development financial institution

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Our Staff

Andrew Delmonte

Director

Andrew Delmonte serves as Director of Cooperative Development for Cooperation Buffalo, a movement to generate wealth and power in marginalized communities through employee ownership of capital and labor in Buffalo, New York. Andrew previously assisted cooperatives, B Corps, social enterprises, and other small businesses with planning and management decisions as a business advisor for the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State. They also organized and advocated for sustainable, socially conscious, and community-owned businesses for many years as President and Program Director of Buffalo First. Andrew is a former member of the Leadership Team of the New York Sustainable Business Council, and has served on the board of the Nickel City Housing Cooperative since 2014. They live in a cooperatively managed home on Buffalo's West Side.

Michael Heubusch
Cooperative Development Contractor

Michael Heubusch is a community organizer and economist who works as a cooperative developer and educator for Cooperation Buffalo. Michael began his professional relationship with Cooperation Buffalo as an intern while he was a graduate student Buffalo State College, where he graduated with an M.A. in Applied Economics in December 2018. His areas of interest include cooperative economics, radical political economy, and macroeconomic policy. Michael hopes that he can use his knowledge and experience to contribute to the democratization of Buffalo's economy.

Our Board of Directors

Tori Kuper

President

Tori Kuper is dedicated to growing people, business, and community. Tori is a Cooperative Developer and Board President of Cooperation Buffalo and is also the Operations Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition, where she organized logistics and programming for CommonBound 2016 and 2018.  She is  part of the 2016 Democracy at Work Institute Cooperative Developer Fellowship Program. In Buffalo, she is a founder of BreadHive Worker Cooperative Bakery; former member, President, and Treasurer of Nickel City Housing Cooperative; and founder of The Buffalo Barn Raisers. She wrote the Worker Cooperative Resolution passed by the Buffalo Common Council in 2014, and is currently working to advance statewide legislation to support worker cooperative development. Nationally, she has sat on the Property and Education Boards for North American Students of Cooperation, where she sat on the Inclusion Committee and led board trainings in anti-oppression. She has led several co-op themed workshops, lectures, and speaking engagements, and enjoys providing new cooperatives with peer support.

India Walton

Vice President

India Walton is a native and lifelong resident of the “city she loves,” Buffalo, New York. She is the proud mother of four awesome sons. Walton graduated from Buffalo Public Schools, Erie Community College and is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing leadership and informatics. Her toolkit having been enriched by AFL- CIO organizer training, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo Training, Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders program, and Leadership, Organizing, and Action at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. India has grown into a fierce advocate for labor and community, working diligently with the Community First Alliance, Fruit Belt Advisory Council, and a broad coalition of partners in Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood to establish the first of its kind residential parking permit system in Buffalo and incorporate the FB Community Land Trust. Currently, India serves as the first Executive Director of the FB Community Land Trust. India is the First Vice-President of the Fruit Belt Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Locust Street Art.

Harper Bishop

Treasurer

Harper Bishop is the Deputy Director of Movement Building at PUSH Buffalo, whose mission it is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo, New York. He has a decade's worth of professional experience in community-based organizations. In that time, Bishop has trained and developed grassroots leadership, written and advocated for progressive policies, and organized for economic, social, and racial justice in his hometown of Buffalo, most recently as the Director of Economic Development at Open Buffalo. He has been a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Local Economy Fellow, and Co-Chair of the New Economy Coalition. Bishop is a staunch defender of LGBTQ rights and firmly believes that everyone has the right to live their truth free from fear. He is committed to continuing to push for an intersectional analysis that affirms collective liberation and centers the lived experience of those most impacted by state-sanctioned violence and white supremacy. Bishop is a proud trans man, who lives with his partner on Buffalo's West Side and wholeheartedly believes in building the Beloved Community.