This Week's Guest:

Air Date: September 15, 2022
Legal and Policy

Sarah Kaplan, Partner at Cutting Edge Counsel, Shares Legal Strategies that Impact & Empower Social Enterprises


Sarah Kaplan is a Partner at Cutting Edge Counsel, a California-based firm that specializes in open public capital-raising strategies that allow community members to participate in supporting local businesses. During her interview, she shares examples of how Cutting Edge Counsel has provided legal services that has impacted and empowered social enterprises. Sarah is a corporate and securities lawyer working to support economic community empowerment. Sarah has ten years of experience serving a wide range of cooperatives, including worker, consumer, agricultural, platform, investment, and multi-stakeholder cooperatives, including limited cooperative associations.

Sarah’s experience includes structuring new legal entities, advising on private and public capital-raise campaigns, structuring community investment funds, and co-op conversion transactions. Sarah has been part of the Fellows program at the Sustainable Economies Law Center since 2013. She graduated magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law and has an A.B. in Ecology from Princeton University.

Cutting Edge Counsel provides a full range of legal services exclusively to social enterprises. From formation through financing to ongoing operations and succession planning. Cutting Edge works with clients in every phase of business development and specializes in innovative capital raise structuring and design. Implementing sustainable business practices in every possible way, helps Cutting Edge and its clients, become driving forces toward a more democratic economy.

Our host, Vernon Oakes, is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. He is a Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and he’s served on several boards and committees to advance the interests of cooperatives. Recently, he served on the Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, established by Anita Bonds, At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Vernon is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community, by promoting the added value of the cooperative business model. 

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