Emily Kawano is the Coordinator of the United States Solidarity Economy Network, as well as the Co-Director of the Wellspring Cooperative Corporation. Through her work with Wellspring, she is striving to create an engine for new, community-based job creation that will provide job training and entry-level jobs to unemployed and underemployed residents through worker-owned cooperatives. An economist by training, she taught economics at Smiths College and served as the Director of the Center for Popular Economics from 2004 to 2013.