Regional Event in New York

New York: Advancing Equity through Employee Ownership Models

Successful employee ownership models are being explored across the country as ways to build and share wealth in low income communities and to address economic inequality. These models of employee ownership offer promising opportunities to build wealth and shared equity. Employee ownership is, however, not “one size fits all;” Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), cooperatives, conversion of existing business to employee ownership and, start-ups, are all models that offer regional promise.

Please join The New York and Regional Asset Funders Network and Philanthropy New York and a panel of muncipal and non-profit leaders as we we explore Employee Ownership Models. This program is intended for philanthropic leaders who want to better understand the promise and challenge of employee ownership and community wealth building as well as the levers for philanthropy.

  • Different models of employee ownership, learning, and insights to inform wealth building at the community level
  • What levers philanthropy can invest in to change financial wellbeing at the community level
  • How employee ownerships models connect to a racial equity agenda
  • Next steps in shifting workers from employer cost to employee owner


Introduction: Christina Corea, Vice President National Initiatives, Citi Community Development

Panel 1: Municipal Leaderships Employing strategies for Community Wealth

Panel 2: Implementing Cooperative Ownership Strategies that Work

  • Polina Bakhteiarov, Senior Vice President Business Development, Invest Newark
  • Brendan Martin, Founder and Director, The Working World
  • Christina Corea, Vice President National Initiatives, Citi Community Development

Reflections and Close: Jeanique Druses, Vice President, Relationship Manager Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

Designed for

Grantmakers interested in economic security and workforce development