The Occupy Money Cooperative is governed by a board of directors who will guide the development of the Coop in its early days. Eventually, the membership of the Coop will vote for board members in a democratic and participatory procedure.  

Note: The Occupy Money Cooperative, Inc. was incorporated August 1st, 2013 under New York State Cooperative Incorporation statutes.  We will be posting our Articles of Association, our By-laws, shortly.

Carne Ross

Carne is a former British diplomat who founded and now runs the non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat. He is also a writer and commentator on international affairs (and banking). A resident New Yorker, he kicked off the alternative banking working group with an announcement in Zuccotti Park.

Carne Ross is a trained negotiator, economist, and author. His latest book The Leaderless Revolution was published in 2011.  He blogs on international relations, the crisis of capitalism and banking. 

Robert Hockett

Robert Hockett is a Professor of enterprise-organizational, finance-regulatory, and monetary law at Cornell University Law School, and has been involved with the OWS movement since its first weeks in Zuccotti Park. A Fellow of The Century Foundation and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, Hockett also does consulting work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund in Washington, Americans for Financial Reform, and a number of federal and state legislators, regulators, and local governments.

Hockett is probably best known of late for his design and advocacy of eminent domain solutions to the nation's continuing underwater mortgage debt problem, an approach he has advocated for securitized loans since the outbreak of crisis in 2008.  These plans offer means of efficiently writing down debt for homeowners who owe more than their homes, after the crash, are now worth, thereby preventing foreclosures and preserving healthy communities. In a related vein, Hockett's Home Mortgage Bridge Loan Assistance Act of 2013 was introduced in the New York Senate, as S 5035, in spring 2013.   

Hockett is also associated with plans for global monetary reform, a national infrastructure bank, public banking institutions, and deep financial reform aimed at transforming the financial system into an engine of equal economic opportunity.  He holds advanced degrees from the University of Kansas; the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and Yale University. Following law school, he also clerked for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.   

Paul Ferris

Paul is an engineer, marketer and technology-expert with an international background in the financial services. His passion for new approaches in payments and investments have been applied by global financial firms and local micro-credit communities.  He has 20 years of experience as a businessman and entrepreneur, helping companies meet their obligations and improve their business by combining technology and decent marketing in large scale campaigns.

He is active on Board, management and community-level in charity initiatives; from building a land-mine hospital in Cambodia, to launching safe learning centers for poor kids, through to supporting Oxfam, Fairtrade and other initiatives tackling inequality.He spent far too much time at University flying hang gliders as well as learning about engineering, business and economics. 

Christian Brammer

Christian trained as a banker – he did a full rotation through Deutsche Bank before becoming a longtime Director. Christian was also a Managing Director at Rabobank in London.

After growing estranged from wholesale and investment banking, Christian moved to the Adirondack Mountains where he spent the best part of three years designing and building a house for his family. More recently he has taught about capital markets at Skidmore College, and tried his hand at acting with a local theater group. He was also Director of Risk Management at Cornwall Capital, a successful short-side hedge fund, during the 2007 financial crisis. Currently Christian is working as a risk management consultant. 

Ray Gillenwater 

Ray is a former executive at BlackBerry and a current entrepreneur and investor. Ray has a passion for activism and is focused on disrupting inequality via technology. Apart from TOMC, Ray is focused on his own nonprofit, The Spark (

About The Spark: The Spark is the counterbalance to corporations and governments that defy the public interest. Users post and vote on PROBLEMS that we face as a global community. The most popular problems are voted to the top. Users then post and vote on SOLUTIONS so that the community can take ACTION. Once The Spark reaches critical mass, the global community will have a voice that is too loud to ignore. Spark the change YOU want to see in the world. Public Beta coming in 2013.  

Jelani Mashariki

Jelani was born into a large family of revolutionary activists and political organizers. His mother, Hon. Bernette Carway-Spruiell, is a Working Families Party State Committee Member and Chairperson of the WFP Central Brooklyn Club. His father, Job Mashariki, is a life-long activist, founder of Black Veterans for social Justice, and a veteran inductee into the NYS Veteran Hall of Fame. Jitu Weusi, his uncle, is a lifelong activist and renowned educator.

Jelani has worked as Director of Pamoja House Men’s Shelter for the past four years. Jelani was an early organizer within the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy the Hood movements. He played a key role in organizing an Occupy Sandy headquarters at the Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. Jelani is also the co-founder of the Global Block Foundation, a non-profit that utilizes hip-hop to empower youth and transform communities across the globe in 17 different countries. Jelani is also a strong believer in environmental stewardship and he received his North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certification (NABCEP) from CUNY Center for Sustainability. Jelani recently expressed his commitment to providing quality housing, education, jobs, public safety, quality food, clean energy and a healthy urban environment for his community by running for a seat on the 35 Council District. He is also the proud father of his daughter Adia, an 12 year-old Brooklynite. 


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