About Carlos Perez de Alejo


Board Vice Chair

Carlos Perez de AlejoCarlos is one of the co-founders of Cooperation Texas, an Austin-based organization dedicated to creating sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives. Originally from Miami, Fl, he received his B.A. in History from Florida State University (FSU), where he began his interest in workplace democracy by helping to establish FSU’s first collectively-run monthly magazine.

In 2006 he moved to Austin, TX and became a member of Monkey Wrench Books, an all-volunteer, collectively-run bookstore. Carlos has extensive experience in meeting facilitation, democratic decision-making, strategic communications, conflict resolution, and worker self-management. Over the years he has facilitated trainings at the NASCO Institute, the Democracy At Work Network, and the National Worker Cooperative Conference of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

During his time in Austin, Carlos has also served as a member of the Student/Farmworker Alliance, a community organizer with the Workers Defense Project, and a co-founder of Refugio, a community organizing training center for low-income communities of color. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has written on cooperatives, labor, and immigration for the Austin-American Statesmen, Dollars & SenseYES!, and Z Magazine.

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