Get Involved

A cooperative is owned and governed by its members. Brooklyn Coop thrives when its members are involved, providing feedback as to their priorities and perspective on how the credit union can help members achieve their goals.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee is tasked with oversight of Brooklyn Coop’s management and reports directly to the Board of Directors. Members who volunteer for the Supervisory Committee commit to 3-4 hours of work per quarter.

Board of Directors

Jose Rolando Guzmán – Chair  Jose Rolando Guzmán is the Assistant Director for Community Preservation at St Nicks Alliance, a community development organization in north Brooklyn. He organizes Northern Brooklyn community residents against displacement and around environmental justice issues.  He has been a member of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee since Dec 2011 and a Board member since 2012.

Ronique Thompson – Vice Chair  Ronique Thompson  (Vice Chair) currently works for the New York City Human Resources Administration, primarily as a case-worker making assessments and referrals to community-based organizations to ensure that clients receive appropriate medical, financial, and social services.

Samira Rajan – Secretary  Samira Rajan was named CEO of Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union in October 2008.  She is also the Executive Director of the credit union’s 501c3 affiliate, Grow Brooklyn.  Samira has been with the credit union from its first year when she served as an Americorp*VISTA volunteer. After the year of service was complete, she joined as full-time staff in 2002 as Loan Officer and has taken on increasing levels of responsibility ever since. Her educational background includes a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Margot Brandenburg – Margot Brandenburg is the lead entrepreneur for a social enterprise called MyStrongHome and a consultant in the field of impact investing and social enterprise. She was previously a program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation, has co-authored a book called The Power of Impact Investing, and is an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business. She has been on our board since 2008 and has been Chairperson since 2009.

Doug Jones – Doug Jones is a life-long resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant.  A member of Community Board 3, he has been in initiatives relating to economic and small business development in Brooklyn for the past decade including work for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, New York City’s EDC, and the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. Currently he works at a real estate brokerage firm with commercial tenants and landlords in and around Central Brooklyn. Mr Jones has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a BA from Morehouse College.

Mark Winston Griffith – Mark Winston Griffith is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.  A Central Brooklyn native, Mark Winston Griffith is the former Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Economic Justice at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and the former co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. In the early nineties he co-founded the Central Brooklyn Partnership and Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union.

Rita Sahu – Rita Sahu, a CFA has over 18 years of professional experience in banking.  For the last 11 years, she has been with the rating agency Moody’s Investors Service. She is a Vice President – Senior Analyst performing credit analysis on US regional banks. She began her career as a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  She also held positions with Republic National Bank of New York and J.P. Morgan. 

Luis Booth is self-employed as a consultant and expeditor specializing in corrections of Building and other NYC Agency violations. An immigrant from Guatemala, Luis joined Brooklyn Coop 10 years ago when he was unable to open a bank account elsewhere and he remains a strong supporter of the credit union’s mission to widen access to banking services. He has a BA in Economics and Engineering and a MA in Industrial Administration. 

Cheryl Kinch – Cheryl Kinch is a Central Brooklyn native and a practicing attorney with a broad background in legal and compliance in banking, corporate, and securities.

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