Noémi Giszpenc is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Development Institute, a nonprofit helping co-ops of all types form and flourish in the Northeast US. CDI is committed to “being the change” and operating in a participatory, inclusive, and effective way. As the organization’s leader, Noémi is figuring out how to be the change herself and inspire and support others.


Noémi Giszpenc

Executive Director at the Cooperative Development Institute
Certified in Level I, Cooperative Leadership Certification Program (2017)
Certified in Level II, Cooperative Leadership Certification Program (2019)

Round Sky Writings:
7 Solutions for Accountability in Cooperation

“Learning to use Collab tools has dramatically increased my level of confidence in addressing complex situations in my organization and with our clients and partners. Where before I had vague intuitions and far more desire than knowledge about democratic processes, now I can competently assess trouble spots, suggest processes that address people’s needs for participation as well as structure, and use these processes myself to make concrete progress.

The Level 1 training, in particular, helped me to focus on my own work practices and development as a leader, deepening my effectiveness and my conceptual grasp of how and why Collab works. Also, it’s sharpened my commitment to leadership development for myself, my coworkers, and our clients. We can all be better leaders, and it’s not a mystery how that can happen!”

– Noémi Giszpenc on the Cooperative Leadership Certification Program