2014 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of Project Equity with Alison Lingane
Hilary Abell 2014 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Build economic resiliency in low-income communities by developing scalable cooperative businesses, and creating local entrepreneurial ecosystems that increase worker ownership.
Hilary Abell is co-founder of Project Equity, which builds economic resiliency in low-income communities by increasing worker ownership. She has worked in nonprofits and cooperatives for more than twenty years, advancing co-op development, fair trade, and community empowerment. As executive director of Women's Action to Gain Economic Security from 2003 to 2011, Hilary led the organization through a period of major growth, resulting in a network of five worker-owned green cleaning businesses that sustain 100 high quality jobs in San Francisco Bay Area communities. Since then, Hilary has been a consultant and thought leader in the growing field of worker co-op development in low-income communities, authoring a white paper called Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale, published in 2014 by The Democracy Collaborative. Her consulting clients include leading cooperative developers, such as Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperative Initiative, and local nonprofits. Hilary graduated from Princeton University and is pursuing her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School while launching Project Equity with co-founder Alison Lingane. Presidio recently awarded Hilary its first Big Idea Prize for Project Equity.
- Black Male Achievement Fellow
- Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
- North America
- United States
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