Ed is an international cooperative development practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in North American, Latin American, and Caribbean countries. He previously served as executive director of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation’s Americas Regional Association (ICMIF/Americas), representing 67 cooperative and mutual insurers from Canada to Argentina. He co-founded the Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative (CLARITY), which promotes cooperative legal and regulatory reform and advocacy with secondary and tertiary cooperatives in developing economies. Ed led a USAID Cooperative Development Program grant supporting ICMIF/Americas members’ capacity to develop and deliver affordable microinsurance financial risk protections for low-income populations. He facilitates training, seminars, and conferences in cooperative institutional capacity building, governance, strategy, and education. Ed co-authored two publications, Cooperative Advocacy: A Practical Guide for Advocating Cooperative Legal and Regulatory Reform and Applying the CLARITY Principles to the Nicaraguan Cooperative Law. A native of Michigan, Ed lives in Arlington, Virginia, where his consultancy Worldwise Civil Society is based. He is a member of the Cooperative Professionals Guild, Association of Cooperative Educators, Institute of Management Consultants, and the Development Executive Group (DEVEX). He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.