Esteban Kelly photo

Esteban Kelly

Executive Director
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives


Oakland, CA

Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), and is a founder and core trainer with AORTA, a worker co-op whose consulting supports organizations fighting for social justice and a solidarity economy. He has served on numerous boards including the USFWC, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA), the LCA land trust, and NASCO; and he is an advisor to Beautiful Trouble, a network of artist-activist trainers. He was a co-founder and first board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and then Staff Director. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council following eight years as a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op,where he institutionalized the grocery store's staff collective while expanding food access in West Philly. Esteban holds a B.S from UC Berkeley in Peace, Conflict, and International Development as well as Political Ecology, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Marxist Geography at CUNY's Graduate Center where he earned a Masters in Anthropology.