Kristen Barker

President and Co-Founder , Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative
Cincinnati, OH

  • Cooperative Development

About Kristen

Kristen Barker is a social entrepreneur and the President and Co-Founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) and is a Co-Founder of 1worker1vote. She designs and leads participatory education events with English- and Spanish-speaking co-op workers, and helps worker-owners make their businesses more successful. Kristen has done groundbreaking work in adopting the Mondragon model to the U.S. context, and hosts delegations from around the country, including the participants in our semi-annual Union Co-op Symposium. She previously worked as the peace and nonviolence program coordinator at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, was a co-founder of, and was a co-founder of Solidarity School, which fosters connections between faith and labor. She has served on the boards of Our Harvest Co-op, Sustainergy Co-op, and Apple Street Market Co-op. Kristen has a B.A. from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, where she was born and currently lives.