Development Specialist Margaret Lund & Analyst Leiha Edmonds discuss the ABCs of Co-op Impact


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Community development specialist Margaret Lund, and research analyst Leiha Edmonds discuss The “ABCs of Co-op Impact,” and cooperative development. Margaret Lund is an independent consultant specializing in the areas of community development, finance and shared ownership strategies. Throughout her career, Margaret has worked across cooperative sectors including credit unions, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, worker co-ops, healthcare and sustainable food systems. Before launching her consulting practice in 2008, Margaret spent 16 years as a small business lender to cooperatives. Lund is a past member of the boards of the U.S. National Cooperative Business Association, and Health Partners, the largest consumer-governed healthcare organization in the United States. Past awards include the Howard Bowers Cooperative Service Award from the Consumer Cooperative Managers Association, and the 2014 John Logue Award for “acting as a catalyst for innovation and change” from the Association of Cooperative Educators. Leiha Edmonds is a research analyst in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Edmonds conducts mixed methods research focused on community and economic development and place-based policy initiatives. Recent projects include policy research on the state and local legislation influencing cooperative development across the United States, participatory action research with community members in East Baltimore, and the evaluation of the US Economic Development Administration. Before joining Urban, Edmonds worked as an inclusive mobility planner for the City of Evanston, Illinois, and as a community and union organizer in Chicago and East St. Louis, Illinois. Edmonds holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago

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