Kali Akuno

Co-Director, Cooperation Jackson

Jackson, MS

Prioritize Equity, Share Ownership  |  Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Worker Ownership

Kali leads and incubates a network of worker cooperatives, a land trust, and housing co-ops fighting to create economic democracy and solidarity.

Kali is a founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, which is an emerging network of worker cooperatives and supporting institutions. Cooperation Jackson is fighting to create economic democracy by creating a vibrant solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, that will help transform Mississippi and the South. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson. He also served as the co-director of the USA Human Rights Network and the executive director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF), based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Kali was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African-American and Latino communities in Oakland, California. He was born in Los Angeles, attended UC Davis, and currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi.


  • Providing living wage jobs
  • Providing affordable healthy foods
  • Providing job and life skill training
  • Providing community education about the deeper aspects of democracy
  • Providing sustainable alternatives to the community