Meet the Staff of Seed Commons

Kate Khatib
Kate is a co-founder and worker-owner of Red Emma’s, a cooperatively-owned restaurant and bookstore in Baltimore that helped to catalyze a city-wide ecosystem of worker-owned businesses over the last decade. In 2015, she helped to found the Seed Commons cooperative and its Baltimore peer, the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, and in 2018, became co-director of the Seed Commons network, with Brendan Martin.

Brendan Martin
Brendan is the founder of The Working World and its President since 2004, when he and Avi Lewis traveled to Buenos Aires to present their idea to some Argentine friends. Initially involved in all aspects of the organization, he now focuses mostly on fundraising, marketing and strategic planning. In 2015, Brendan helped to launch the Seed Commons network, which builds upon the successful model of The Working World.

Alex Peters
Communications & Fundraising Officer
Alex joined The Working World and Seed Commons in 2016. Coming from a background in the fair trade movement, she is passionate about expanding economic opportunity through cooperative development. She has experience in program management, communications strategy and youth engagement. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies from Sydney University.

Eden Schulz
Lead Office Administrator
Eden comes to Seed Commons from 14 years as a union member, activist, and representative at Local 2110 of the UAW. She is excited to be putting her passion for economic justice and workplace democracy to work advancing the growth of worker-owned businesses.

Clark R. Arrington
General Counsel
Clark R. Arrington is an experienced attorney and educator who has supported socially responsible businesses around the world. Prior to joining Seed Commons and The Working World, Clark taught and practiced Business Law in Tanzania and Tunisia. Clark served as Chair, General Counsel and Capital Coordinator of Equal Exchange and has served on the boards of the ICA Group, the Social Venture Network and the Cooperative Fund of New England.