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Clark Arrington

Senior Fellow, Seed Commons

A pragmatic visionary, Clark Arrington used his legal training to address capital formation for worker cooperatives. From developing bylaws that established capital accounts to pioneering preferred stock that maintained democratic control, Arrington has had a foundational influence on worker cooperatives.

Congratulatory Listings

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Congratulations, Clark! CooperationWorks is thrilled and honored to celebrate your myriad accomplishments and innovative strategies in the service of cooperatives and community wealth building. The movement would not be the same without your contributions!


Carolina Common Enterprise

Center for Community-Based        Enterprise

Indiana Cooperative Development  Center

Andrew Crow


The entire Federation Family congratulate you, Clark Arrington, on your induction into the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. You were an instrumental part of our institution becoming what it is and we honor the stellar contributions that you have made to advance the cooperative movement.

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Congratulations Clark from everyone at the ICA Group. We thank you for everything you've done for ICA and the cooperative community. Your innovative work and continued demonstration of how co-ops can be a force for social justice are an inspiration.

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National Cooperative Bank congratulates Clark Arrington on his induction to the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serving cooperatives, especially worker co-ops throughout your career. Your leadership, research and training has been critical in advancing co-ops throughout the country.

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The Ralph K. Morris Foundation is pleased to support the induction of Clark Arrington into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, where he joins our namesake Ralph Morris and other leaders including Rod Nilsestuen and Tom Lyon. Like them, he has brought the power of the cooperative business model to everyday people during his heroic and exemplary career.

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Seed Commons is immensely proud of our brother, mentor, and Senior Fellow Clark Arrington! Clark's lifetime of commitment to co-ops has benefited people and communities all around the globe, and we are so grateful to have him on our team!

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For nearly 50 years, Clark brought wit and creativity to solving the thorny legal and financial challenges of worker cooperative development. So, it is with a conspiratorial wink and appreciative heart that we welcome Clark into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

Democracy at Work Institute 

Project Equity     

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

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The CDFI community thanks Clark for 50 years of fighting the good fight. With a fierce commitment to social justice coupled with a keen and mischievous legal mind, Clark strengthened worker cooperatives with innovative financing and enhanced governance.

Capital Impact Partners

Cooperative Fund of New England

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF)

Shared Capital Cooperative

The Working World

Welcome to the Hall of Fame Clark!

For his role in leveraging millions in new investment for social justice cooperatives, spurring innovation, crafting structures for sustained economic democracy, and supporting and inspiring new generations of cooperative leaders, worker cooperatives applaud Clark Arrington's induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. 

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Friends of Clark Arrington

Ann Hoyt

Ed Whitfield

Erbin Crowell & Kristin Howard

Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Jon A. Reske

Karen Zimbelman & Chris Copple

Leslie Mead

Lynn Benander

Margaret Lund

Mary Griffin

Marilyn Scholl

Marnie Thompson

Mary Hoyer

Micha Josephy

Steven L. Dawson

Walden Swanson & Kate Sumberg

William J. Nelson


A trailblazer in cooperative finance, Clark finds innovative ways for worker-owned, social justice-minded businesses to raise capital and be profitable without sacrificing democratic control.

Arrington: Using the Law to Help Workers

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Honoring and Planning Committee

Margaret Lund

Brendan Martin

Marnie Thompson

Ed Whitfield

Nominated by:

Ed Whitfield and Marnie Thompson

Senior Fellows

Seed Commons

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