Jade Barker is passionate about co-ops! She lived in student co-operative housing at UC Berkeley, and her first job after graduation was at a worker collective, South End Press in Boston. She joined her first food co-op in Cambridge over 30 years ago, was a founding owner of River Valley Co-op in Northampton, MA, and has served on its Board since 2005, three years as Board president.
In 2013 she won the Howard Bowers Cooperative Board Service Award for her outstanding dedication and leadership.Currently a member of CDS Consulting Co-op, Jade works several food co-ops across the country to help improve their governance processes. Trained as a mediator in 2000, Jade spent over a decade at the Mediation & Training Collaborative in Greenfield, MA as a mediator, trainer, and, for three years, as its Co-Director. She also spent several years as a trauma educator, learning and teaching about the effects of psychological trauma and how to overcome them.