John A. McNamara
The publisher of The Workers’ Paradise is John McNamara. John shares a wonderful life with his wife, Becky in Olympia, Washington on the Salish Sea. John works for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and teaches on worker cooperatives (and sometimes in the Master of Public Administration program) as an Adjunct Faculty at The Evergreen State College. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration with Saint Mary’s University working on the Union-Coops Model and has recently co-edited a book on tools to measure cooperatives.
John worked for Union Cab of Madison Co-operative (a worker’s co-operative) for 26 years–leaving in 2014 to pursue his PhD, teaching, consulting and life in the Pacific Northwest. During that time, he served on the board of directors for eight years, held the title of president for four years, vice-president for one year and still holds the title of “Co-operative Parliamentarian”. John has also served eight years the Strategic Planning Committee.
Prior to Union Cab, John was a steward and president of the now defunct Memorial Union Labor Organization. At the time, MULO was one the only two student labor union in the country–the other being the Teaching Assistants Association (also in Madison). John received a BA in English Literature and History from the UW Madison in 1988. He earned a Masters of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from St. Mary’s University (Halifax) in 2010.
John was a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Co-operatives (individual member) and the Democracy at Work Network. He served the board of directors of the USFWC from 2006-2011. John also served on the Advisory Board for the Worker Ownership Fund, the board of Northcountry Co-operative Development Fund, and the board of Governors of the Democracy at Work Network.