Robin Seydel is a consumer, health and environment community organizer. For over 30 years she has worked on building the alternative economic system at La Montanita Co-op as membership, community development and education coordinator. She edits the Coop Connection News and pioneered a volunteer program that is used by cooperatives nation- wide. Robin founded and manages the Veteran Farmer Project that provides agricultural training for veterans and community members in New Mexico. She created and manages the La Montanita Fund, a grassroots investment and micro loan initiative created to grow the regional food system and strengthen the New Mexican economy among other community development projects. Her writings have appeared in regional and national publications and she speaks and consults regularly on a variety of cooperative and community development related issues.