Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D., is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development (in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY). She is also Director of John Jay’s McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of Saskatchewan, Canada).
Author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice and 2016 inductee into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame (www.heroes.coop), Dr. Gordon Nembhard has numerous publications on cooperative economics, community economic development, credit unions, wealth inequality, community wealth, and Black political economy. In addition, she is the 2014 recipient of the “ONI Award” from the International Black Women’s Congress, and the 2011 recipient of the “Cooperative Advocacy and Research” Award from the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.
She is a board member of the Association of Cooperative Educators, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter, Green Worker Cooperatives, and the US Solidarity Economy Network; and the Chair of the Shared Leadership Team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC. She is also a member of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, the Canadian Association for the Study of Cooperation, and The International Cooperative Alliance Research Committee. Gordon Nembhard is a former board member of the National Economic Association (past President and past Treasurer), a founding board member of the Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (currently on the advisory board), and a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Jessica is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother of Stephon and Hugo Nembhard.