Lela Klein

Lela Klein

Business Consultant, Co-op Dayton

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic support, visioning, leadership coaching for early stage cooperative and coops during community campaigns (before construction).
  • Capital strategies including assessment of local ecosystem and public tools like new market tax credit
  • Fundraising basics for food coops in marginalized communities


  • Member of the Co-op Dayton consultant team
  • Co-founded and lead an initiative to incubate worker owned businesses in the greater Dayton, Ohio area
  • Initiatives include the Gem City Market, a worker and community owned grocery store planned in West Dayton’s food desert
  • Responsible for strategic planning and fundraising; facilitate stakeholder engagement; manage business planning process for cooperative projects; meet with government, academia and financial sector partners
  • Raised over $3,000,000 in grants to support the non-profit and cooperative development projects

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