A native of Pelham, Kinga Walker-McCraven is an Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator, and Entrepreneur. After spending time in Chicago traveling with her Body Art business, ROOT of FIVE, as well as working as a Teaching Artist, Artistic Director and Performer, Kinga returned to the valley in 2017. Kinga has been committed to carving out creative and equitable environments by uplifting marginalized voices and challenging biased ideologies that are often manufactured within institutionalized spaces. She is currently building her own business, Counter Culture Educator, with her spouse in the Pioneer Valley, and is excited to be a part of the growing Common Share Food Co-op community. During her free time, Kinga loves being with nature, dancing, gardening, cooking, advocating for self-health and wellness, and spending time cuddling with her spouse and pooch.
Board of Directors
Kinga Walker-McCraven (President)
Emily Chiara (Interim Vice President)
A native of Northampton, Emily has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food justice work for many years. She returned to the Pioneer Valley three years ago after working on farms and with food education organizations in North Carolina and Guatemala. She recently completed her MS in Sustainability Science from UMass where she focused on the power of community institutions to support resilient and just food systems. She is excited for the opportunity to engage with the greater Amherst community and help create an inclusive co-op experience. You can often find Emily experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, hiking and biking around the valley, or working in her garden.
Lisa DePiano (Governance Committee Liaison)
Lisa DePiano is grounded at the intersections of agriculture, economic development, ecological design and social justice. She believes in the transformative power of worker democracy. She brings with her two decades of experience in worker owned coops and the food system including 7 years as a worker/owner of Pedal People bicycle hauling and delivery service and as a co-founder of Parkways, a parklet manufacturing and installation company which she helped to transition into a worker coop after launching it during her time at the MIT Media Lab. She is currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Food and Farming program at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass and lives in North Amherst with her partner, their 7 month old daughter and dog, Walker.
Monica Garcia (Business Planning Committee Liaison)
Monica M. Garcia has been involved in community organizing for over 20 years. Her most meaningful work has been supporting and expanding the solidarity economy. Through a variety of roles, she has worked closely with worker cooperatives, community land trusts, community development credit unions and farmers markets. She strongly believes in the power and importance of community in all of its many forms and is very excited to be a part of the Common Share Coop community. Her strongest motivation for becoming involved in Common Share is the opportunity to build relationships with and among members and the broader community. During brief moments of downtime, Monica likes to dabble in hobbies that she isn’t particularly good at like birding and woodworking. She also spends an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about travel. Monica lives in Shutesbury with her family.