Jade Barker

Jade Barker

Jade Barker

Governance & Leadership Development
Jade Barker


Areas of Expertise:

  • Boards leadership development and coaching
  • Facilitating conversations and/or trainings about race, equity, and inclusion
  • Support for startups and capital campaigns
  • Crisis management and conflict resolution
  • Facilitation

All organizations need leadership. How do organizations harness their internal leadership to not only achieve their vision, but also help every participant realize their full potential? In over 20 years working with mission-driven organizations, I’ve learned the importance of having shared values and creating systems that honor every voice.

— Jade Barker


  • Provided ongoing support to board leaders facing organizational challenges
  • Winner of the 2014 Howard Bowers Award for Cooperative Board Leadership
  • Co-edited Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops
  • Created workshops to help organizations talk about race
  • Performed over 100 mediations as a mediator and conflict resolution professional
  • Served 14 years on the River Valley Co-op board, including the startup phase, eventually leading a successful $5 million-dollar capital campaign in 2019

During her nine years of board service, Jade has been an outstanding example of how to integrate a commitment to both strategic planning and goal setting, as well as effective team development and process. She has consistently been a strong proponent of diversity, listening effectively and respecting each director’s ideas and opinions.

Roslyn Malkin, Board Member, River Valley Co-op, Northampton, MA

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