This week on Everything Co-op, Angela Sayles discusses land and food justice, financial literacy and Black-led cooperatives


Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Live Stream on October 12, 10:30 am ET, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week, Vernon interviews Angela Sayles, CEO of Little Africa Food Collaborative and Founder and Executive Director of the Institution of Financial Unity, a non-profit organization specializing in brokering unity and working to improve the overall financial position of the global Black community. Angela and Vernon will discuss her efforts to address land and food rights, provide cultural and financial education, and promote a rethinking of market studies for Black-led co-ops.

Angela holds the position of CEO for the Little Africa Food Cooperative. She advocates for local food systems and cooperatives, lobbying within the Ag Noire Coalition and the National Cooperative Business Association. Angela’s work as a research facilitator with the National Black Food & Justice Alliance Market Study Group has produced a 40-page summary report on the topic of Rethinking Market Studies for Black Led Cooperatives. Most recently, Angela hosted the United Nations parallel event focused on Innovation and Technology in Land and Food Rights for Global African Women and Girls at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women.

Angela is involved in local, national, and global projects addressing land and food rights, cooperative ownership equity, financial sustainability in agribusiness, and social enterprise fund development. She facilitates sustainability training for Cleveland residents with greenspace projects and is currently serving on a community land trust committee with the Vital Neighborhoods working group under the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Angela earned her B.B.A. in Finance from Cleveland State University, her M.B.A. in International Business from Gatton School of Business and Economics, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Research from Bristol Business School (UK). Angela has two decades of experience within academia as a Faculty Instructor teaching Business Accounting, Personal Finance, and International Business at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Founded in 2016, Little Africa Food Collaborative’s mission is to provide an inexpensive, healthy food source for impoverished urban communities. The organization strives to create economic, social, and cultural independence.

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