Cooperative Hall of Fame
"America's Legacy of Cooperation"
Established by the National Cooperative Business Association, the Cooperative Hall of Fame honors those distinguished individuals whose contributions to cooperative business have been genuinely heroic. Inductees are limited to a prestigious group carefully selected to preserve the nature of this special recognition. It is a distinct honor to be inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.
The Cooperative Hall of Fame is housed in the offices of the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, DC, where a permanent collection of commemorative plaques tells of the contributions made by each inductee. In addition, there is a website — — that highlights each inductee and their many contributions to cooperatives.
The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) administers the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Nominations are received annually and reviewed by a screening and a selection committee, each composed of current leaders from the various sectors of the U.S. cooperative movement.
The Cooperative Hall of Fame induction ceremony is also a major fundraising event for CDF. It is fitting that the occasion to bestow the highest honor of the cooperative community on those individuals who have selflessly given of their lives to promote cooperatives, is also a vehicle to raise funds to perpetuate their work and life-long commitment.
The members of the Cooperative Hall of Fame congratulate Ben Burkett, Everett M. Dobrinski, Carmen Huertas-Noble, and Michael Mercer. Your work in education, training, and development strengthens cooperatives, empowers communities, and improves lives. Welcome to the Hall of Fame!
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Walden Swanson & Kate Sumberg
William J. Nelson
The Board of Directors of NCBA CLUSA and the Cooperative Development Foundation applaud the outstanding accomplishments of the 2020 inductees to the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Thank you for your service to cooperatives.
2020 Hall of Fame Sponsors
Hall of Fame Sponsors
Capital Impact Partners
Credit Union National Association/National Credit Union Foundation
CUNY School of Law
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
National Cooperative Bank
National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International
National Co+op Grocers
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
Peach State Federal Credit Union