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Jessica Rose - Chief Financial Officer & Director, Employee Ownership Programs

Jessica Rose - Chief Financial Officer & Director, Employee Ownership Programs

Jessica Rose is a socially responsible business strategist focused on alternative finance and cutting-edge market-based solutions to inequality.  Her work promotes broad-based enterprise ownership as an untapped lever of corporate social impact and emphasizes the role of capital to drive adoption of employee ownership.

Jessica advises cities, foundations, and asset managers on cutting-edge models to expand economic opportunity through employee ownership and is deeply involved in the research and development of innovative, on-the-ground employee-owned business development and financing models. 

In addition to serving as the senior-ranking finance executive at The Democracy Collaborative, Jessica keeps up a significant presence in TDC’s program work and has been the driving force behind multiple high-impact employee ownership initiatives throughout the United States, including:

  • Supporting the design and launch of Own Rochester, a cooperative incubator in Upstate NY whose mission is to create jobs and build wealth in low-income communities by developing a diverse portfolio of employee-owned businesses;
  • Co-founding Fifty by Fifty, an ambitious nationally-focused initiative aimed at catalyzing a rapid increase of employee ownership across the United States by addressing known barriers to adoption;
  • Editing and publishing the “Guidelines for Shared Value Creation in Employee Ownership Transitions,” a set of principles and practices – informed and broadly supported by the field – that investors and other third parties can use to structure successful transitions to employee ownership that create the best possible social and economic outcomes for employee-owners and their communities;
  • Serving on the team which designed and launched The Fund for Employee Ownership at the Evergreen Cooperatives, a groundbreaking new investment fund designed to create quality jobs though employee ownership, anchor jobs and wealth in the local community, and generate value for investors.

Jessica speaks regularly at conferences spanning socially responsible investing and economic development topics, such as SOCAP and The Council of Development Finance Agencies National Summit, in addition to academic and industry events focused strictly on employee ownership including the National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference. Her op eds have appeared in Common Dreams, The Daily Yonder, and The Albany Times-Union and other outlets. Jessica also serves as a senior editor for Employee Ownership News, a platform providing news and analysis for the employee ownership field.

Jessica’s personal journey out of poverty and subsequent community organizing experience inspired her passion for alternative finance, social enterprise, broad-based enterprise ownership, and other market-based solutions to inequality. She has a background as an entrepreneur, investment analyst, and advisor to early-stage venture funds and cooperative enterprises. Jessica is a Certified ESOP Fiduciary and a Research Fellow with Rutgers University’s Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.  She holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and was recognized by their 2018 Alumni Award for her work to promote socially responsible business models. 

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