Yorman Nunez

Program Manager, MIT Community Innovators Lab

New York, NY

Act Local First, Prioritize Equity, Share Ownership  |  Community Economic Development, Worker Ownership

Yorman drives cooperative development in the Bronx, using ownership as a means to address the root causes of intergenerational poverty.

Yorman is currently a Program Manager at CoLab MIT, where he Coordinates the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, a local effort in the Bronx that seeks to leverage local assets to drive economic development strategies targeted at building wealth and ownership at scale among low-income residents. His commitment to designing systems to address the root causes of intergenerational poverty emerged out of his work as a community organizer with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, where he organized young people around issues of sustainable economic development, education reform, and voter education. It was during this time that Yorman co-founded the Urban Youth Collaborative, a city-wide youth organization working on education reform. He moved on from NWBCCC to lead a career in electoral organizing, where he managed many political campaigns at various levels of government. Yorman is originally from the Dominican Republic, but calls the Bronx his second home.


  • Built leadership capacity of Bronx grassroots leaders through the Economic Democracy Training Series.
  • Built cross-sector relationships among local actors in the Bronx by sending 24 Bronx leaders to study the Mondragon Cooperatives.
  • Reoriented relationships between purchasers and vendors in the Bronx through the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative’s vendor platform pilot project, enabling grassroots leaders to leverage purchasing streams of large and mid-sized non-profits to build wealth and ownership at scale in the Bronx.