Kim Coontz is Executive Director of the California Center for Cooperative Development, a private nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting cooperatives. She has spent more than 25 years working with cooperative enterprises. During her cooperative career, Kim has provided startup assistance for new cooperatives, including the development of feasibility studies and business plans. She has taught cooperative board governance seminars, conducted research on cooperatives and provided technical support to cooperatives. She has authored and co-authored more than 10 publications about cooperatives and written numerous articles. Prior to her employment with CCCD, Kim was Executive Director of Yolo Mutual Housing Association, a nonprofit developer of cooperatively-governed affordable housing in Davis, CA. She also spent 14 years working for the Center for Cooperatives at the University of California at Davis (prior to its closure in 2004).