Jake Schlachter is a disciple of co-ops, organizing, storytelling, and software development. He began his journey with co-ops in 2009 by helping to found a new food co-op organizing effort, and most recently is supporting CGN with software development for member engagement. In his work with Food Co-op Initiative, first as staff and later as a volunteer, he has led training workshops for hundreds of board members and organizers across the country. His chief interest now is building bridges between organized co-op members and the movements for a fair economy and a livable future. He lives in Madison with a co-op researcher grad student who is also his wife, Laura.