Ellen Vera graduated with a MBA from Northern Kentucky University and has over 7 years of experience creating worker owned businesses. Ellen is the Co-founder and Secretary of the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) through which she founded CUCI’s first worker owned business the Our Harvest Cooperative. At Our Harvest, Ellen served as the Lead Organizer and the CEO for four years before taking the Apple Street Market project. Her strengths lie in overseeing the cooperative development process including the feasibility study and business plan, the capitalization campaign, community engagement, and the initial management of cooperative enterprises. In addition, Ellen has worked as an Organizer for nine years for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75, Ohio’s largest union, representing over 30,000 members, 15,000 of which are in the grocery business.