This Week on Everything Co-op, cooperative leaders remember Liz Bailey


Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Livestream on Thursday, March 7 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am EST for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week in collaboration with fellow cooperative leaders, Everything Co-op pays tribute to a dear friend, Elizabeth “Liz” Carolyn Allen Bailey, who made her transition on January 25, 2024.

In addition to the listening options above, this broadcast will be livestreamed on YouTube, courtesy of NCBA CLUSA. Please use the following link to view the broadcast.

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Liz Bailey, a native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, grew up in an extended large, active, and musically inclined family, many of whom, like Liz, firmly believed in improving each community where one lives and works.

Liz served as the Managing Principal of The Bailey Group LLC, a Washington DC-based consulting firm focused on economic and community development that includes member-owned cooperative business enterprises. She benefited her clients from her career experience in strategic public policy that combined the private sector, the executive branches of state and federal governments, and extensive non-profit program management.

For much of her professional career, Liz held leadership positions with the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, including Interim CEO, VP for Public Policy & Cooperative Development, and almost eight years as Executive Director of the Cooperative Development Foundation, NCBA CLUSA’s non-profit affiliate. Bailey held degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

After leaving the NCBA CLUSA, Liz remained active in promoting the cooperative business model through her private consulting, as a member of Cooperation Works, and as a member of the board of a non-profit, Cooperatives Build a Better World, to raise public awareness of cooperatives. She consistently argued that those who support and build cooperatives spend too much time talking to each other rather than to those who would benefit from a better comprehension of the public value of cooperatives.

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