Team

Everything you need to know about the Certified Employee-Owned team.

Certified EO is run by Ownership Alliance, a public benefit corporation that promotes fair and just forms of ownership of economic organizations. We have a strong team and an advisory board with more than 125 years of collective employee ownership experience.

Team

Thomas Dudley

Thomas Dudley

Co-Founder

Thomas is a Ph.D. student in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on employee ownership and civil society. Prior to Stanford, he worked as an Associate Consultant in the San Francisco office of Bain & Company. Thomas graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics.

Kramer Sharp

Kramer Sharp

Co-Founder

Kramer has more than 10 years of experience in web development and software engineering. Past projects include building the web presence for Architect as Developer and creating Rhetr, an online knowledge-sharing platform. Kramer graduated from the University of Virginia with an M.S. in management of IT, a B.A. in computer science, and a B.A. in economics.

Advisors

Camille Kerr

Camille Kerr

Camille is the Associate Director of the ICA Group, and serves on the board of Prospera. She is a lawyer, business consultant, speaker, writer, and advocate for all forms of employee ownership.

Christopher Michael, Esq.

Christopher Michael, Esq.

Christopher is the General Counsel of the ICA Group and directs ICA's policy work. He founded both the New York City and New York State business associations for employee-owned firms.

Corey Rosen

Corey Rosen

Corey is the senior staff member and founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). He is the author of more than 100 articles and numerous books on employee ownership.

Halisi Vinson

Halisi Vinson

Halisi is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center. She does business development, marketing, and consulting for businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations.

Martin Staubus

Martin Staubus

Martin is the Executive Director of the Beyster Institute at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management. He has advised hundreds of companies on the creation of employee ownership programs.

Melissa Hoover

Melissa Hoover

Melissa Hoover is the founding Executive Director of the Democracy at Work Institute. She helped start and grow the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman

Richard holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He has made major contributions the field of labor economics, including a multitude of studies on employee ownership.

Partnerships

Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership

Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership

The Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PCEO) promotes better understanding of the values of employee ownership among business leaders, public officials, employees, members of the media, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, consumers, and other persons and organizations in Pennsylvania.

RM2 Partnership

RM2 Partnership

The RM2 Partnership designs, implements and administers employee ownership programs for private companies in the UK. Their dedicated team of advisors has decades of experience with employee ownership and has implemented over 1,000 programs.

50 by 50

50 by 50

The 50 by 50 initiative is a movement to reach 50 million employee ownerships by 2050. The goal is to make a quarter of American workers employee-owners ― an "audacious but attainable goal." The 50 by 50 initiative was launched in 2016

Ownership Alliance

Ownership Alliance is a public benefit corporation that exists to promote fair and just forms of ownership of economic organizations.

We are focused on using Certified EO to build a voice for employee ownership in America. When employees own a piece of the company they work for, they share in the value they create at work. By closing the loop between ownership and value creation, employee-owned companies open new frontiers of participation in capitalism. In a world where wealth inequality is at historic levels, economic growth is slowing down, and good jobs are scarce, employee ownership offers a modern vision for the American dream.

At Ownership Alliance we take a big tent stance and support all forms of employee ownership. Our simple definition of employee-owned abstracts away from the specific employee ownership models and gets at the core of the issue – creating wealth for working people. Members of Certified EO include companies owned through employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), as worker cooperatives, by perpetual trusts, and even through direct share ownership. Our definition could be applied to companies implementing employee ownership through stock options, as public companies, or even through legal vehicles that have not yet been imagined. So long as a company meets our standards, they can become a Certified EO company.