About Us

Ownership America is a new public policy and grassroots advocacy organization founded to turn Americans into owners:

Thought Leadership

We produce applied policy research on opportunities to create owners with a focus on assets and wealth

Organize and Mobilize

Our model is based on organizing and mobilizing a diverse, cross-partisan coalition of ownership advocates

Our mission is to turn Americans into owners.

Our Vision

Ownership America envisions a nation of owners characterized by freedom, dignity, responsible stewardship, and economic independence. Underpinning this vision is the recognition that the ideals of political equality and democracy are mutually dependent upon a propertied citizenry.

Our Approach

Ownership America is building an organization premised on the power and scalability of digital organizing. Our efforts are focused on building a program that seeds, advises, and wins grassroots-powered policy initiatives that create owners. We believe that the road to large-scale federal action runs through the states and are building our organizing model from the ground up.

Ownership America has adopted a dual-entity organizational structure that combines the capabilities of a 501(c)(3) and an affiliated 501(c)(4) to effectively coordinate thought leadership and political advocacy.

Who We Are

Founder & Executive Director

Jack Moriarty

Jack Moriarty is the Founder & Executive Director of Ownership America. He developed a passion for broad-based ownership following a mix of private and public sector experience. Prior to Ownership America, Jack held strategy and operational roles at several early-stage, mission-oriented healthcare companies including Iora Health and Buoy Health. Jack received his MBA from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and named a 2020 MBA to Watch by Poets & Quants. Before graduate school, he completed a term of service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod that included a placement at the Cape Cod Commission, a regional land use planning and economic development agency. His political experience includes a gubernatorial campaign stint and a graduate internship on the organizing team at RepresentUs, a cross-partisan democracy reform organization. He received his BA and MA in Political Science from Boston University in 2014. His perennial “fun fact” is that at age 9, he appeared on Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live alongside his twin sister.
President

Michael Quarrey

Michael serves as the Board President of Ownership America. His work has focused on building high engagement organizations, where relationships and teamwork come first, and exceptional corporate performance follows naturally from the creativity and enthusiasm of employee-owners. As a staffer at the National Center for Employee Ownership, Michael pioneered research in the relationships between employee ownership, workplace culture, and corporate performance (HBR, September 1987). He has since held executive roles in industrial, aerospace, and medical device manufacturing companies, and currently serves as Vice President of Web Industries, a 1,000 person 100% ESOP-owned manufacturer in Marlborough, MA. Believing that employee ownership promotes justice and human flourishing, Michael supports building a grassroots movement to promote broad based capital ownership as a foundational characteristic of public policy
Board Member

Corey Rosen

Corey Rosen is a board member of Ownership America and founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). He co-authored, along with John Case and Martin Staubus, Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, May 2005). Over the years, he has written, edited, or contributed to dozens of books, articles and research papers on employee ownership. He has been called the leading expert on employee ownership in the world. He has been interviewed widely by major media and spoken around the world.

Corey received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 1973, after which he taught politics at Ripon College in Wisconsin before being named an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975. He worked on Capitol Hill for the next five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership. In 1981, he formed the NCEO.

Advisory Board

Ownership America is fortunate to be advised by an Advisory Board composed of leading academics, thought leaders, and practitioners that bring a diverse set of perspectives to the mission of advancing broad-based ownership.

Brandeis University

Janet Boguslaw

Dr. Janet Boguslaw is a Senior Scientist at the Heller School and Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. She is also a non-resident Research Fellow at the Rutgers School of Labor and Management Relations. Her research focuses on creating multi-sector innovations and partnerships to advance equitable economic opportunity and stability through institutional and public policy-driven initiatives focusing on workforce and economic development, job quality, family financial stability, new structures of work, and gender and asset based inequalities. Participant engagement in research, analysis, and recommendation development is key to all the work. Dr. Boguslaw has worked with corporate managers to research, direct and advance their community development initiatives, with state and not for profit agencies in the areas of workforce training, employment stabilization, family and child well-being, and on funded research exploring issues of regional development, disparities, and wealth building. Most recently at Brandeis she directed a federally funded university/community project examining career advancement and job quality in healthcare. Through Rutgers analyzed primary data on the asset building, life course, and family impacts of employee ownership for low and moderate-income workers, with a focus on its role in reducing gender and racial wealth inequality. She engages as a member of the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap national initiative; on the Workforce Development Steering Committee on Racial Equity Insight Center for Community Economic Development (Oakland, CA); as Humanities Advisor, The Kitchenistas film project, The Beyster Foundation (La Jolla, CA); and as Board Member and Clerk, Family Nurturing Centers (Boston MA).
Apis & Heritage Capital Partners

Philip Reeves

Philip Reeves is a Founding Partner at Apis & Heritage Capital Partners, a mezzanine debt private equity fund that preserves legacies for founders, delivers impact and returns for investors, and builds wealth for workers of color using employee ownership. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader with a background in business development, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and executive management.

Previously, Philip partnered with 1863 Ventures, where he led an industry-agnostic program focused on scaling New Majority businesses through operational improvements, sustainable sales processes, human capital best practices and financial management. Philip’s background includes serving as the Manager of Small Business Technology and Innovation for the Government of the District of Columbia and working in corporate development for a growing government contractor, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and business development. Philip began his career in private equity at Lehman Brothers.

He is the former President (Curator) of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Washington, DC Hub and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College.

Ownership Associates / Rutgers University

Christopher Mackin

Chris is the founder and President of Ownership Associates of Cambridge, MA. He has worked professionally in the field of employee ownership for forty years. He also serves as a Special Advisor and Partner at American Working Capital, LLC, a merchant bank with a specialty in employee ownership transactions. After graduating from Georgetown University, Chris served as a Sidney Harman Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He later completed a Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a thesis titled The Social Psychology of Ownership: A Case Study of a Democratically Owned Firm. He is the Ray Carey Fellow at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
American Working Capital

Richard C. May

Dick is a founding member of American Working Capital working in our Chicago office. Prior to co-founding AWC, he was a Partner with the Yucaipa private equity firm. Prior to Yucaipa he was a Managing Director and Head of the ESOP Investment Banking Practice at Duff & Phelps, LLC, a middle-market investment bank. Prior to the 2005 merger with Duff & Phelps, Dick was President and founder of Valuemetrics Advisors, Inc. and Valuemetrics Capital LLC, a national financial advisory firm specializing in helping closely held and emerging growth businesses through ownership transition with business valuation and transaction structuring. Dick has led in the design and implementation of capital market transaction using ESOPs and 401k plans assets to established broad based worker and labor friendly ownership. Prior to forming Valuemetrics, from 1978 to 1981, Dick was Vice President of Operations at Sugar Supply Corporation, a closely held cash commodity firm. From 1972 to 1978, he was a Manager with TMI Systems Corporation, a startup Citicorp venture capital funded firm. Additionally, Dick was an Engineer with Boeing Company from 1969 to 1972. He received his BS from Purdue University and his MS from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is on the board of directors of Quiktrip; a Midwest based convenience store chain with over $12 billion in revenues. He also serves on the board of directors of HAC, Inc.; the parent company of Homeland Stores, a 100% ESOP owned grocery store operator. Also, he is the past chair of the Valuation Advisory Committee of the ESOP Association and an active member of the National Center for Employee, Association for Corporate Growth, and Employee-Owned S Corporations of America.

Butler/Till

Amanda DeVito

Amanda DeVito is our VP, Marketing & Growth, where she is responsible for driving strategic thinking, creative solutions, and innovation across the agency. As Vice President of Marketing and Growth she is integral in setting the future course of the agency. Amanda’s 20-year experience allows her to assist clients, agencies and brands generate effective results. Her four key competencies are: 1. Business strategy 2. Marketing/Communication strategy 3. Growth strategy 4. Leadership strategy. She has worked with brands including Abbot Laboratories, Healthfirst, University of Rochester Medical Center, Winn-Dixie/BI-LO, Rent-A-Center, Highmark Health, Citrix Online, and Fannie Mae. Amanda came to B/T from Alterian (now SDL), where she was a Senior Social Strategist and recipient of its Global Excellence Award.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John Fisher College. She recently also completed an Executive MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She was nominated by her EMBA peers for the Donna Scheid Leadership award and is part of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor’s Society.

Currently she sits on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership and Rochester Institute of Technology, Management Advisory Board.

Amanda has spoken at St. John Fisher College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roberts Wesleyan College, the American Marketing Association, ClickZ, the National Center for Employee Ownership, Step UP, the Direct Marketing Association, the Rochester Advertising Federation, Digital Innovation Week, and the Epsilon Conference. Her hobbies include snowboarding, golf, and paddle boarding.

University of Hartford

Daphne Berry

Professor Daphne Berry teaches management, social enterprise, and international business courses. Since 2015, she has led student trips to Spain, where established business models such as worker cooperatives feature broad-based worker ownership and participation in decision making.

Berry's corporate experience includes work as an engineer and manager in engineering, product management, and marketing departments at startup and large multi-national telecommunications firms.

Her research interests include:
● Employee-owned workplaces
● Worker cooperatives
● Socially sustainable workplaces
● Demographic diversity in organizations
● Outcomes to modest-income workers

UMass Amherst / Roosevelt Institute

Lenore Palladino

Lenore Palladino is assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics and a research associate at the UMass Amherst Political Economy Research Institute, as well as a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She holds a PhD from the New School University in economics and a JD from Fordham Law School. She is also a contributing editor at the Boston Review and a fellow at the Rutgers Institute for Employee Ownership.

Palladino’s research centers on corporate power, stakeholder corporations, shareholder primacy, and the relationship between corporate governance and the labor market. She has also written on financial transaction taxes, employee ownership, and the rise of fintech. She has published in Politics & Society, the International Review of Applied Economics, the Yale Journal of Regulation, and Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, as well as the Financial Times and State Tax Notes. She frequently works with policymakers, media, and advocates on corporate and financial policy. Recent working papers include “The Economic Argument for Stakeholder Corporations” and “Do Corporate Insiders use Stock Buybacks for Personal Gain?” She has testified on the impacts of stock buybacks before the House Financial Services Committee.

Prior to joining UMass, Palladino was senior economist and policy counsel at the Roosevelt Institute and a lecturer in economics at Smith College. She was previously vice president for advocacy at Demos and a lecturer in economics at New York University. Earlier in her career, she was campaign director at MoveOn, a lead organizer with the labor union CSEA-AFSCME, and national director of United Students Against Sweatshops.

Cornell Law School

Robert C. Hockett

Robert Hockett joined the Cornell Law Faculty in 2004. His principal teaching, research, and writing interests lie in the fields of organizational, financial, and monetary law and economics in both their positive and normative, as well as their national and transnational, dimensions. His guiding concern in these fields is with the legal and institutional prerequisites to a just, prosperous, and sustainable economic order.

A Fellow of the Century Foundation and regular commissioned author for the New America Foundation, Hockett also does regular consulting work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, the 'Occupy' Cooperative, and a number of federal and state legislators and local governments.

Prior to doing his doctoral work and entering academia, he worked for the International Monetary Fund and clerked for the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.